How to pay for medication without insurance/Medicaid...please help.

I am 21 years old and up until recently I was under a "healthy kids" Medicaid program. I live in Michigan. Neither of my parents have insurance-well, my Mom doesn't and I have not spoken or heard from my dad in 4 years. Anyways, I recently lost my Medicaid because I turned 21 and had to re-apply. Well, since I make about $5500/year-literally, I work part-time in food service- and am a full-time college student, I was sure I would qualify...guess I don't.

I am currently waiting to hear from my case worker and make an appeal. But now I am faced with the very real fact that I will not be able to get my medication. I have partial-complex seizures and I am absolutely terrified of what will happen when I can't have my medication. They might not be grand mals but they are still scary and very debilitating. I'm afraid of what will happen and what decisions I will have to make because I cannot live like this.

I am hoping that someone could offer some advice of what to do, I'm so stressed, scared and pretty alone, as my mother has told me "I have been dealing with this since your father left when you were 8 and you're an adult now and you have to take care of it," which I understand I'm an adult, but I'm at a loss. Sorry if this sounds whiny, but like I said, very upset and any advice is much appreciated.


Re: How to pay for medication without insurance/Medicaid


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Questcor Pharmaceuticals

Banzel and Zonegran

Eisai Neurology Patient Assistance Program


Shire Pharmaceuticals Carbatrol Patient Assistance Program

Depakene, Depakote, Depakote ER

Abbott Patient Assistance

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Cephalon Patient Assistance Program

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Access 2 Wellness  designed to assist people with limited or no health insurance get the help they need to lead healthier lives.  People can learn about a variety of assistance programs that, combined, offer more than 1,000 prescription medicines and medical products for free or at a discount to qualified individuals.

Epilepsy Foundation Medication Coverage – 25 prescription med links, plus links for generics and Veteran’s benefits.

Free Medicine Program — established by volunteers, the Free Medicine Program helps patients substantially reduce or completely eliminate their prescription drug costs.

Needymeds — a list of programs that assists people who cannot afford medicine or healthcare costs. This information is available anonymously and free of charge.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance — helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them. Many will get their medications free or nearly free.

Patient Assistance Program – a free resource created by Volunteers in Health Care, is a ntional, nonprofit resource center designed to help connect patients who cannot afford their prescription medications with patient assistance programs.   

Pharmaceutical Company Patient Assistance Programs — many pharmaceutical companies offer Patient Assistance Programs to those who cannot afford the cost of their medications but are ineligible for Medicaid due to their income. Click here for a list of each company’s contact information:

Pharmahelper – is a comparison search engine for prescription medicine and detailed drug knowledge.  It helps you save money and buy prescription drugs safely online.  You can also research drugs, compare pharmacy prices, even find drug savings based upon your particular condition.

Premier Recovery Resources – (also known as RxCut), offers free access to savings up to 75% off prescriptions and up to 50% off the typical price of laboratory tests and imaging services.

Prescription Hope — over 1,500 brand name medications are offered as prescribed by your doctor. $15 per prescription per month service fee. There is a yearly enrollment fee of only $15, no other medication cost and no hidden costs.www.prescriptionhope­.­com/­what-­we-­offer.­html

RxSavingsPlus — a free drug/prescription discount card, to help lower the price for medication. It can be used at CVS Pharmacy, Target, Rite Aid and 60,000 participating pharmacies nationwide. And offers an average of 20% off the retail price of drugs.  (Kind of skimpy, but one-stop shopping.)

SelectCare Benefits Network – over 1400 brand name and many generic medicines for a net cost of only $20 per month.  By becoming a member of SelectCare Benefits Network you will be assigned a Personal Care Advocate who will simplify the process of applying for Patient Assistance Programs and make it easy for you to get your medications for very little out-of-pocket cost.

Together Rx Access — individuals and families without prescription drug coverage can gain access to immediate savings on hundreds of brand-name and generic prescription products right at their neighborhood pharmacies. Also connects you with resources about access to coverage options and more.

Phylis Feiner Johnson

How to pay for medication without insurance/Medicaid

People are giving you a lot of assistance programs. Some people have too much pride to go on social assistance, so either accept that you cant pay for you medication and go on a social assistance program or buy some healthcare/medical insurance


I dont know your story other than that you cant afford to pay for meds but buying into an actual healthcare plan may actually save you in long run. I have an Adult Health Benfit Plan where I am from and it covers more than the drugs I need, epiepsy isnt my only concern either so it really helps me out