Multiple Sclerosis Co-Pay Relief Program Adds New Prescription Coverage

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The Co-Pay Relief program offered through the Patient Advocate Foundation has added a new financial assistance fund to its collection of resources for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). The new fund is now available to financially eligible MS patients with health insurance coverage to support the costs of necessary treatment medicines.

“Our case management department has been supporting those living with MS for years, and our data shows that medication copayments connected with chronic disease can create significant financial burden for patients and their families. This program will provide MS patients with critical financial assistance that will help them get and stay on the treatment recommended by their prescribing physician,” Alan Balch, PhD, chief executive officer at the Patient Advocate Foundation, said in a press release.

According to The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, nearly 400,000 people in the U.S. have multiple sclerosis, a demyelinating disease in which the insulating cover (called myelin) of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, balance issues, tremors, muscle weakness, numbness, vision loss, depression, and bowel and bladder control problems. MS affects differently each person with different levels of disease severity.

The Co-Pay Relief program was launched in 2004, and since has provided over $300 million in financial support to more than 158,000 patients, who otherwise might have been unable to afford their pharmaceutical co-payments, co-insurance, and/or deductibles.

The program offers individualized service through the enrollment process, as well as innovative technology tools for patients and their healthcare team.

Co-Pay Relief Multiple Sclerosis fund is now accepting applications from medically and financially qualified patients with Medicaid, Medicare, or military benefits. MS patients receiving approval are qualified for up to $8,000 in assistance support per award year through the program.

Those interested in applying can do so online through this link, or by contacting a Co-Pay Relief Application specialist at 866-512-3861. Pharmacies and healthcare providers can also apply on behalf of a MS patient using the pharmacy and provider application available on the website.

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  1. penni burt says:

    why is it only for medicare and Medicaid most of thiers is paid for already you should be able to have it if you have any insurance I struggle being disable I have insurance but make to much for Medicaid and try not to go to doctors app and try to stretch out my meds until I can afford them next month

    • Sandra Williams says:

      The reason most grants are for Medicare individuals is because those individuals are not allowed to participate in any programs with the manufacturer. Most of the drugs have $10 copay programs, if you have Medicare you are not eligible but since you have insurance you should be, give them a call.

    • Steve Stuczynskl says:

      I am in the exact same situation. And everyone on the medical are shocked to find out that I go into catastrophic care which I’m told most people don’t hit catastrophic care until October. Anyway I’ve applied for Medicaid many times and I’m refused because I make to much money. I get $2,200 a month but they only ask you assets, not your debts what I say is wrong. Just my medications alone are $10,500 which is 5 times more than my SSDI check so where is the fairness in the Medicaid form? It need to be rewritten to the way the REAL WORLD lives. I think someone should start a petition and send it to congress to tell them how unfairly the Medicare and Medicaid applications are written. If your on permanent disability they should automatically be approved for federal aid. The Congress send billions of aid to all these countries in Africa and Asian areas but treat there own disabled Constituents like garbage and force them into poverty. Also in Catastrophic care last year the co-pays for Generics was $1.50 and brand names were $3.50. This year generics are $3.50 and brand names are $3.50. Funny no cola this year but medicare raised the catastrophic co-pays doubled.

  2. Jeanine says:

    I agree many patients are struggling
    With copays who have private insurance. Coupled with the fact many can only work a limited schedule because the disease is disabling. This only encourages those patients to seek government assistance because help is only available to them.

  3. Putina Washington says:

    I am also struggling to keep up with copays. My insurance has a copay to specialist of $75 and my MS Meds is $100. So I try to stretch my meds. It isn’t easy being a working single mom living with MS

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