RxRelief: Helping Families Pay for Prescription Drugs

With October upon us and as the weather slowly begins to change, families continue to find it increasingly difficult to stretch their limited dollars.

According to a national survey by the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF), nearly half of patients and caregivers (46 percent) say that they or someone in their immediate household has not been able to pay drug costs in the past year. Six in ten say they would have extreme difficulty paying for their treatments and medications without assistance.

Turlock is no different from the rest of the nation. The difference is this: Through Legacy Health Endowment and EMC Health Foundation, we are implementing an aid program, which we call RxRelief. We are honored to partner with Community Health Centers of America and Boies Pharmacy to fill your prescriptions.

RxRelief is for any person or family with or without commercial health insurance whose income is 300% or less of the federal poverty line.

How do I register?

Simply go to www.usfreemeds.org and fill out the request form. Once submitted, our staff will review it to make sure you qualify, and you will be called or emailed immediately.

How to find the Boies pharmacy?

The Boies Pharmacy is located at 828 Delbon Ave., Turlock, CA 95382.

Who is eligible for this program?

This program is for individuals and families with employer-provided insurance, Covered California, and those who are uninsured. People covered by the Veterans Administration, Medicare, and Medi-Cal are not eligible.

How long will this program be in place?

It starts in October and ends on December 31, 2021. If we find that the need is greater, we will continue the program until 2022.

Am I going to have to pay anything?

If you qualify for the program, your co-payment is 100 percent covered.

Do i need proof of income?

No, this program works on the honor system. When you complete the application, you will be asked to verify that your income is equal to or less than 300 percent of the federal poverty line. If you answer “yes”, you submit your form.

How is this program paid for?

Legacy Health Endowment and EMC Health Foundation use charitable funds to cover costs. They provided Community Health Centers of America with a grant to pay for all the drugs.

I am on a high deductible health plan and have not yet reached my deductible. Am I eligible?

Yes, as long as your income is eligible for the program, we will cover your co-pay or deductible costs.

Why was this program created?

About 1 in 4 people who take prescription drugs have difficulty paying for them. Many ration the drugs they take to pay for them. Legacy Health Endowment and EMC Health Foundation were created to ensure that our communities are healthier and that we remove barriers to care. It is important to help people refill or renew their medications. It keeps them away from hospital emergencies.

We recognize the need is great and are proud to help.

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