Iowa Assistance: NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE Iowa Food Stamp Program: The Food Stamp program is intended to promote the general welfare of low income families by raising their levels of nutrition to avoid hunger and malnutrition.Applications forFood Stamps can be found at:www.yesfood.iowa.gov Any county DHS office can answer questions about the programs and services described here. You can also get an application form from any county Department of Human Services (DHS) office. Click on the link below to find the location of the county DHS office nearest you: www.dhs.state.ia.us/Consumers/Find_Help/MapLocations.html You may also contact the Department's Field Office Support Unit by calling: 515 281-6899 or 800-972-2017 Iowa Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): The WIC Program provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals to health care, at no cost, to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are determined to be at nutritional risk. To be fully eligible for the WIC Program, applicants must be determined by a health professional, at no cost, to be at nutritional risk (i.e., have certain medical-based or diet-based risk conditions).See the Iowa WIC website for detailed application information: www.idph.state.ia.us/wic/families.asp Please see the following Web Site for the income standard or maximum income limit for WIC eligibility:www.fns.usda.gov/wic/howtoapply/incomeguidelines.htm
If you have questions about the WIC program call the Iowa DPH toll-free:800-532-1579 HEALTH INSURANCE
Iowa - Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (hawk-i): Is a program that provides free or low-cost health care coverage for Iowa children in families with limited incomes. The amount you pay is based on the income of the family, but no family pays more than $20 per month.A child who qualifies for hawk-I health insurance will get all of his or her health care services through a health plan provider that has agreed to participate in the program. Beneficiaries receive a comprehensive package of health care benefits including vision, dental, and mental health services. For an application and instructions, as well as a customer service phone number, visit:www.hawk-i.orgor, call Mon to Fri, 7am to 7pm at 1-800-257-8563. PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE
Iowa Drug Card: As a resident of Iowa, you and your family have access to a FREE Prescription Drug Card program. Simply download your Prescription Drug Card and receive savings of up to 75% at more than 50,000 national and regional pharmacies. You may create as many cards as you need.Participating pharmacies include the following: Kmart Pharmacy, Walgreens, CVS/pharmacy, Rite Aid, and Hy-Vee, as well as thousands of independent pharmacies. Visit them at www.Iowadrugcard.com
Iowa Medication Voucher Program: The Iowa Prescription Drug Corporation in partnership with the Iowa Collaborative Safety Net Provider Network is making available the Iowa Medication Voucher Program. The program is a prescription medication program designed to assist low income Iowans with the purchase of a prescription from a limited medication formulary. With your Health Care provider prescription you may be eligible to get a 90 day supply of any medication on the medication formulary for the treatment of Diabetes, Hypertension/High Blood Pressure, Elevated Cholesterol, Depression and Pregnancy/Prenatal.To be eligible for the program you must be an Iowa resident, uninsured, underinsured and in financial need. You will need to check with your Local County Board of Health or your County Relief Office to find out where vouchers are available in your county of residence.More information visit www.iowapdc.org or contact them at 866-282-5817. UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
Iowa Unemployment Insurance: Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet Iowa's eligibility requirements.In order to establish your unemployment insurance claim, please visit the Iowa UI Service Center site for various ways to file:www.iowaworkforce.org Service Center Hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
If you have any questions, please call (toll free):877-891-5344, In the Des Moines area, dial: 515-281-4199 Iowa Family Investment Program (TANF): Is Iowa's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. FIP provides cash assistance to needy families, as they become self-supporting so children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives. PROMISE JOBS provides employment and training services for FIP participants. To apply, download and fill out an application:www.dhs.state.ia.usOnce completed, submit the application to your local DHS office, which you can locate here:www.dhs.state.ia.us/Consumers/Find_Help/MapLocations.html The county DHS office serving your county is also listed in the State or County Government section of your local phone book, under "Department of Human Services" or just "Human Services".
You may also contact the Department's Field Office Support Unit by calling: 515-281-6899or 800-972-2017 ENERGY ASSISTANCE
Iowa Low Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP): Is designed to assist low-income families meet the cost of home heating. Applications are accepted on a first come/first served basis at your local Community Action Agency from November through April (October for households with an elderly/disabled member), Monday through Friday, or as posted at the local Outreach/Community Action Agency office. The LIHEAP application also serves as an application for the Weatherization Assistance Program. There are 18 Community Action Agencies (CAA) throughout the state that have offices in each of Iowa's 99 counties. You will need to contact your local CAA county office regarding application for Weatherization Program services:www.dcaa.iowa.gov/bureau_weath/how_apply.html For more information about this program, please visit: www.dcaa.iowa.gov/bureau_EA/index.html Iowa Weatherization Assistance Program: The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a Federal grant program established to help reduce the heating and cooling costs for low income persons, particularly the elderly, disabled, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes.To apply for Weatherization, LIHEAP and other programs, find the outreach office nearest you by clicking on your county at the following link:www.dcaa.iowa.gov/app_sites/liheap_map.html For more information about the Iowa Weatherization program, please go to: www.weatherization.iowa.gov
You may also contact the Iowa Department of Human Rights at 515-242-5655.
HOUSING ASSISTANCE Iowa Mortgage Help: Is Iowa’s state-sponsored safe and FREE mortgage counseling resource.It is crucial for Iowans who fear they may not be able to make their mortgage payment to contact them for assistance.They may be reached at www.iowamortgagehelp.com or at 1-877-622-4866. CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE
Child Care Assistance: Helps pay for the care of a child while a parent or caretaker works or attends school.You may qualify if you have a child under the age of 13 (under 19 with special needs) and get help from the Family Investment Program.Assistance may also be available if income guidelines are met.You can apply for assistance at your local Department of Human Services (DHS) office.Applications are also available at www.dhs.state.ia.us
Angel Food Ministries: Is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable high quality food to those in need. They are helping to ease the grocery burden on 500,000 families around the country each month.Generally, one unit of food assists in feeding a family of four for about one week for $30 or a single senior citizen for almost a month for $28. The food is all the same high quality one could purchase at a grocery store. There are no second-hand items, no damaged or out-dated goods, no dented cans without labels, no day-old breads and no produce that is almost too ripe. Also offered are specialty boxes such as steaks, chicken and pork. Many participants in this bonus program appreciate the expanded choices. Additionally, there is no limit to the number of units or bonus foods an individual can receive, and there are no applications to complete or qualifications to which participants must adhere. Angel Food Ministries also participates in the U.S. Food Stamp program, using the Off-Line Food Stamp Voucher system.Menus, pick-up locations and additional information can by found at www.angelfoodministries.com United Way 2-1-1 This is a free and confidential service that can provide assistance with the following: Basic Human Needs Resource: Food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance, utility assistance. Physical and Mental Health Resources: Medical information lines, crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention, rehabilitation, health insurance programs, Medicaid and Medicare, maternal health, children’s health insurance programs. Employment Support: Unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance, education programs. Support for Older Americans and Persons with Disabilities: Home health care, adult day care, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation, and homemaker services. Support for Children, Youth and Families: Quality childcare, Success by 6, after school programs, Head Start, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring, protective services.
Free Prescription Discount Card:FamilyWize cards are distributed free of charge, nationwide, by the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership with participating United Ways.These discount cards offer savings of up to 30% or more at any of 55,000 participating pharmacies.For more information contact United Wayat 211 or visit www.familywize.org Phone:2-1-1 Website:www.211us.org Social Security: You can apply for retirement benefits online and also use the Retirement Estimator to calculate how much income you will receive depending on when you decide to retire.Applications should be made three months prior to retirement.Assistance with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs is also available.The website is www.socialsecurity.gov or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 or 1-800-633-4227 for more information about the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program.
The Healthwell Foundation: Helps with out-of-pocket expenses such as co-pays and insurance premiums for people with specific conditions. Phone:800-675-8416 Website:www.healthwellfoundation.org
Cancercare: Offers financial help for those with cancer of all ages.Assistance may include homecare, childcare, transportation, medical equipment and prescription. Phone:800-813-4673 Website:www.cancercare.org AND www.cancercarecopay.org
Caring Voice Coalition Road: Offers financial resources for insurance premiums, medications, and Medicare co-pay assistance for the following diseases:Huntington’s Disease, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Defiency, Chronic Granulomatous Disease. Phone:888-267-1440 Website:www.caringvoice.org
American Cancer Society: Some local offices offer prescription assistance among other assistance Phone:800-ACS-2345 Website:www.cancer.org
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Single Patient Investigational New Drug Program: Patients who are not eligible for a clinical trail and who are in an immediate medical crisis may be able to receive drugs that are not yet FDA-approved.Your doctor would have to apply to the FDA for permission to use the drug. Website:www.fda.gov/cder/cancer/singleIND.htm Hollyrod Foundation: Provides assistance in obtaining medications, treatments and therapies not covered by insurance.Also assistance obtaining adaptive equipment.Primarily for those with Parkinson’s disease. Phone:866-465-5976 Website:www.hollyrod.com
Caring Ambassador Lung Cancer Program: Provides a listing of Patient Assistance Programs and Pharmaceutical Company Patient Assistance Programs. Phone:503-632-9032 Website:www.lungcancercap.org The Brain Tumor Society: Financial assistance is given through the agency's BTS CARES Financial Assistance Program. This program provides supplementary financial assistance to individuals experiencing financial need. This program covers specific nonmedical costs related to a primary brain tumor diagnosis. Direct medical expenses are not covered. Phone: 1-800-770-8287 Website: www.tbts.org
National Brain Tumor Society: For patients of all ages with primary or metastatic brain tumors.Limited financial assistance for transportation, co-pay assistance, home care, child care and home adaptation. Phone:800-934-2873 Website:www.braintumor.org
Chronic Disease Fund: Helps underinsured patients with chronic disease, cancers or life-altering conditions obtain the expensive medications they need. Phone:(972) 712-0201 Website:www.cdfund.org The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Helps patients meet their health insurance or Medicare Plan B or D premiums or co-payment obligations. Phone:877-557-2672 Website:www.LLS.org/copay National Organization for Rare Disorders: Assists uninsured or under-insured individuals in securing life-saving or life-sustaining medications.Offers co-payment assistance for Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuira. Phone: 800-999-6673 (voicemail only) or 203-744-0100 Website:www.rarediseases.org
Patient Advocate Foundation Colorectal Care Line: Limited financial grant for transportation reimbursement, temporary lodging, child-care and food costs associated with out of town treatment. Phone:866-657-8634 Website:www.colorectalcareline.org
Sarcoma Alliance: Grants up to $1000 to reimburse medial and other expenses directly related to getting a second opinion from a sarcoma specialist. Phone:415-381-7236 Website:www.sarcomaalliance.org Co-Pay Relief: Helps with a variety of illnesses and conditions.Assists patients who cannot access the treatments they need due to out-of-pocket health care costs including deductibles and co-payments. Phone:866-512-3861 Website:www.copays.org Partnership for Prescription Assistance: Offers access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs.Includes assistance for the uninsured. Phone:888-477-2669 Website:www.pparx.org Patient Access Network Foundation: Helps with out-of-pocket expenses for 20 different chronic diseases. Phone:866-316-7263 Website:www.patientaccessnetwork.org Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-Pay Relief Program: Provides direct co-payment assistance for pharmaceutical products to insured patients who financially and medically qualify. Phone:866-512-3861 Website:www.copays.org Patient Services Incorporated: Provides health insurance premium assistance (including COBRA) and co-payment assistance for many conditions including asthma. Phone:800-366-7741 Website:www.uneedpsi.org
hRMA companies have long been worldwide leaders not only in pharmaceutical innovation, but also in philanthropic initiatives— and their long-standing patient assistance programs are especially helpful. This Directory, www.PPARx.org and 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669), further their goal of helping to make medicines available to those who need them. 3M Pharmaceuticals 3M Pharmaceuticals Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-328-0255 | F 1-651-733-6068 Abbott Laboratories Abbott Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-222-6885 | F 1-866-898-1473 Abbott Virology Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-222-6885 | F 1-866-483-1305 HUMIRA Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-448-6472 | F 1-866-323-0661 Ross Medical Nutritionals Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-222-6885 | F 1-866-483-1305 Ross Metabolic Formula and Elecare Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-222-6885 | F 1-866-483-1305 Zemplar Patient Assistance Program P 1-877-936-7527 | F 1-877-936-7528 Amgen Encourage Foundation® (Enbrel) P 1-888-436-2735 | F 1-888-508-8083 Safety Net Foundation for Kineret P 1-866-546-3738 | F 1-866-203-4926 Safety Net Foundation for Sensipar P 1-800-272-9376 | F 1-800-508-8090 Safety Net Program P 1-800-272-9376 | F 1-888-508-8090 Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Amylin Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-330-7647 Astellas Pharma US Inc. Prograf and Protopic Patient Assistance Programs P 1-800-477-6472 AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP AstraZeneca Foundation Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-424-3727 Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc. Lovenox Reimbursement Services and Patient Assistance Program P 1-888-632-8607 | F 1-888-875-9951 Sanofi-Aventis Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-221-4025 Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation Bayer Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-998-9180 Nexavar REACH Program P 1-866-639-2827 Berlex Laboratories, Inc. Arch Foundation P 1-877-393-9071 Berlex Inc. Patient Assistance Program P 1-888-237-5394, option 6 | F 1-973-305-3545 Berlex Oncology Reimbursement Support Line P 1-800-321-4669 The Betaseron Foundation P 1-800-948-5777 | F 1-877-744-5615 Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Boehringer Ingelheim CARES Foundation, Inc. P 1-800-556-8317 | F 1-866-851-2827 Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. P 1-800-736-0003 | F 1-800-736-1611 Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. (Abilify) P 1-800-736-0003 | F 1-800-598-5561 Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. (Oncology/Virology) P 1-800-736-0003 | F 1-866-694-2545 Celgene Corporation Patient Support Solutions P 1-888-423-5436, option 3 | F 1-800-822-2496 Centocor, Inc. Patient Assistance Program for Remicade P 1-866-489-5957 | F 1-866-489-5958 Cephalon, Inc. Actiq PAP P 1-888-337-2579 | F 1-240-632-3092 Gabitril PAP P 1-866-209-7589 | F 1-866-209-7596 Provigil PAP P 1-800-675-8415 Eisai Inc. Aciphex Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-523-5870 | F 1-800-526-6651 Aricept Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-226-2072 | F 1-800-226-2059 Fragmin Patient Assistance Program P 1-866-272-8804 | F 1-866-272-8805 Patients in Need (Zonegran) P 1-866-694-2550 | F 1-866-801-5631 Eli Lilly and Company Lilly Cares P 1-800-545-6962 Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Enzon Hotline for Abelcet, Depocyt and Oncaspar P 1-800-345-2252 Genzyme Corporation The Charitable Access Program (CAP) P 1-800-745-4447, ext. 16634 GlaxoSmithKline Bridges to Access P 1-866-728-4368 Commitment to Access P 1-866-265-6491
Johnson & Johnson Wound Management, A Division of Ethicon, Inc. Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-652-6227 | F 1-888-526-5168 McNeil Consumer and Specialty Pharmaceuticals Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-652-6227 | F 1-888-526-5168 Merck and Co., Inc. ACT (Accessing Coverage Today) for EMEND P 1-866-363-6379 | F 1-866-363-6389 The Merck Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-727-5400 Merck Prescription Discount Card P 1-800-506-3725 The SUPPORT Program for Crixivan Reimbursement Support and Patient Assistance Services for Crixivan P 1-800-850-3430 Merck/Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals Merck/Schering-Plough Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-347-7503 Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. VELCADE Reimbursement Assistance Program P 1-866-835-2233 Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Clozaril Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-277-2254 Gleevac Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-277-2254 Novartis Oncology Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-277-2254 Novartis Patient Assistance Program for Transplant Patients P 1-800-277-2254 Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-277-2254 Sandostatin/Sandostatin LAR Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-277-2254 Visudyne Patient Assistance Program P 1-877-736-2778 Novo Nordisk Inc. Novo Nordisk Diabetes Patient Assistance Program P 1-866-310-7549 | F 1-908-429-8764 Novo Nordisk Hormone Therapy Patient Assistance Program P 1-866-668-6336 Ortho Biotech Products, L.P. DOXILine P 1-800-609-1083 | F 1-800-987-5572 ORTHOVISCline P 1-866-633-8472 | F 1-800-987-5572 PROCRITline P 1-800-553-3851 | F 1-800-987-5572 Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, Inc. Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-652-6227 | F 1-888-526-5168 Ortho Women’s Health & Urology, A Unit of Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-652-6227 | F 1-888-526-5168 OrthoNeutrogena, A Division of Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-652-6227 | F 1-888-526-5168 Pfizer Inc Pfizer Helpful Answers P 1-800-706-2400 Single point of access to all Pfizer programs Aricept Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-226-2072 | F 1-800-226-2059 Connection to Care P 1-800-707-8990 | F 1-866-470-1748 FirstRESOURCE (Oncology) P 1-877-744-5675 | F 1-800-708-3430 Fragmin Patient Assistance Program P 1-866-272-8804 | F 1-866-272-8805 Macugen Access Program P 1-866-272-8838 Meijer Free Antibiotics Amoxicillin, Cephalexin, SMZ-TMP, Ciproflaxacin, Penicillin VK, Ampicillin and Erythromycin. FREE prenatal vitamins are available at all Meijer stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Wal-Mart: $4 prescriptions for some generic drugs Kmart: $15 for 90-day supply of 184 generic prescriptions Publix: Has some FREE antibiotics and offers FREE prenatal vitamins Schnucks: Offers FREE generic oral antibiotics at all stores which are located in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee and Iowa.