Simplefill connects Americans who are having trouble paying for the often costly prescription medications they depend on to manage chronic diseases with the programs and organizations offering such prescription assistance. To learn more about prescription assistance programs in Oregon and how Simplefill can help you get enrolled, read below and become a Simplefill member today.
What Prescription Assistance is Available in Oregon?
Oregon residents who must take expensive medications long-term for chronic diseases such as Crohn’s disease diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, COPD, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, or cancer can find it difficult to pay for them. Even if they have some form of insurance, the co-pays may be too high. Yet they can’t risk skipping even a few doses for fear of worsening symptoms and disease progression. Fortunately, they may be eligible for assistance from the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the medications they need or through a government-funded health insurance program.
The Oregon Rx Card is available free of charge to all Oregon residents regardless of income. Using it at one of the many participating pharmacies statewide can yield discounts of up to 80%. In addition to being widely distributed by health care organizations throughout Oregon, you can download and print a pre-activated card and begin using it immediately.
The Oregon Health Authority operates the Oregon Health Plan, which is the state’s expanded Medicaid program for low-income residents. Specific OHP plans include:
- OHP Plus (health insurance, including prescription coverage, for children ages 0-18 and adults ages 19-64)
- OHP Plus Supplemental (for pregnant adults age 21 or older)
- OHP with Limited Drug (for adults who qualify for Medicaid and are also covered by Medicare Part D)
The Oregon State Children’s Health Insurance Program, SCHIP, commonly known as Healthy Kids, provides health insurance, including prescription coverage for low-income uninsured children who don’t qualify for Medicaid. Children enrolled in the program must requalify yearly.
CAREAssist is Oregon’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), which provides prescription assistance and other services to low-income uninsured and underinsured Oregonians living with HIV/AIDS. Those who meet all eligibility criteria should be able to obtain the AIDS-related medications they need at little or no cost.
What Does Simplefill Provide?
Life can be difficult for people with chronic diseases, as well as for their family members, especially when managing a disease requires an uninterrupted supply of one or more expensive prescription medications. Sometimes, patients have to sacrifice other essentials in order to pay for their prescriptions. And the financial burden only adds to the physical and emotional stress patients commonly experience, which can exacerbate symptoms, hasten disease progression, and adversely affect quality of life. Simplefill aims to change that situation for our members.
How Does Oregon Prescription Assistance Work?
Oregonians can find prescription assistance through:
- Pharmaceutical companies or the foundations established by them to ensure patient access to the drugs they manufacture. Help is typically in the form of free medications for a period of 6 or 12 months, after which they must reapply for assistance.
- Insurance funded by the state/federal government that provides prescription coverage for low-income and vulnerable Oregonians, often through Medicaid expansion. Such programs typically offer prescription coverage with no co-pay or only a very small one.
How to Get Prescription Assistance
Obtaining prescription assistance through us is quite easy once you’ve become a Simplefill member by applying online or by calling us at (877)386-0206. The only other thing you’ll need to do is answer a few questions during a brief telephone interview with one of our patient advocates. We’ll take it from there.
We’ll use the information you provided our patient advocate to construct your Simplefill member profile. That profile will enable us to match your needs to what is being offered by various prescription assistance programs to find the best ones to apply to on your behalf. And when your application is approved, we’ll get you enrolled as quickly as possible.
Once you’re receiving prescription assistance, we’ll keep an eye on things to make sure you always have the medication(s) you depend on to manage your chronic medical problem. If your health care providers make changes to your treatment plan, we’ll update your member profile accordingly and get you some prescription assistance for any new medications prescribed for you.
It won’t be long before you’re wondering how you ever managed without us!
Apply with Simplefill today, and you’ll soon be receiving the Oregon prescription assistance you need.