Medicare and some private insurance policies do not automatically include prescription drug coverage. If you do not enroll in Medicare Part D or in your private insurance company’s prescription drug plan, you will need to pay out-of-pocket for any medicines your doctor prescribes. Prescription drugs are extremely expensive, sometimes costing thousands of dollars a month. If you are not enrolled in Medicare Part D or do not have prescription drug coverage as a part of your private health insurance policy, and you cannot afford to pay for your prescriptions, you may be eligible for programs that help you pay for your medicine.

The Patient Advocate Foundation has a list of financial assistance programs offered by drug companies to help people who can’t afford their medicines. Check here to see if the company that makes your medicine has a program that can help you.

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance also has a list of patient assistance programs for prescription medicines. At this website, you may type in the name of your medicine and find a list of programs that can help you pay for it.

If you need more help, talk to your dialysis center social worker or contact the American Kidney Fund's HelpLine at 866.300.2900.