Assistance for Minnesota Residents: NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE Minnesota Food Support: Is a county-administered, Federal program that assists people and families with low incomes to purchase food and better meet their nutritional needs. The program is not intended to supply all of a person or family's food needs. Instead, it is a supplement to help them achieve or maintain their independence.To learn more information about Minnesota Food Support, please visit: www.edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Legacy/DHS-2814-ENG
You can also call the Food-Support information line toll-free at: 800-657-3898
Minnesota Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): 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).To apply, visit www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/index.html and click under "Am I eligible for WIC?" on the home page to be guided through the eligibility screening. Program Contact Information: 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 you can also call the Minnesota DoH at: 800-942-4030 HEALTH INSURANCE Minnesota General Assistance Medical Care: Provides health care coverage to adults without dependent children who have very low income. Covered services include doctor visits, hospitalization, prescriptions, eye exams, and more.More information is available on the Minnesota Department of Human Services web site: www.dhs.state.mn.us/healthcare/
Applications are available online, or at any Minnesota county human services agency.
Questions may be directed to the local county agency or the state agency at: 651-296-8517 or toll free at 800-657-3659. Minnesota Medical Assistance: Program provides comprehensive health care coverage. Covered services include doctor visits, hospitalization, prescriptions, eye exams, eyeglasses, dental care and more. Certain home care services are also covered when medically necessary. More information is available on the Minnesota Department of Human Services web site: www.dhs.state.mn.us/healthcare/
Applications are available online, or at any Minnesota county human services agency. Questions may be directed to the local county agency or the state agency at: 651-296-8517 or toll free at 800-657-3659. MinnesotaCare: Is Minnesota's S-CHIP program, but adults may enroll in the program as well as children if they meet the eligibility criteria. To qualify, you must be a resident of Minnesota, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid) for the past four months (some exceptions for some children).For an application, instructions, and assistance with the application, visit: www.dhs.state.mn.usor call toll-free at:800-657-3672 PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE
Senior LinkAge Line: Is available to help citizens get assistance with the following:Medicare, prescription drug expenses for Minnesotans of all ages, health insurance counseling, assistance with completing medical and Medicare forms, long term care insurance, caregiver planning and support and grandparents as parents.Just one phone call to 1-800-333-2433 is all it takes. With a single call to 1-800-333-2433 you will get assistance with looking at your situation to determine what service might be helpful. UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
Minnesota Unemployment Insurance: Provides temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet Minnesota's eligibility requirements.For more information on how to apply for UI benefits, please visit the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance web site at: www.uimn.org/ui/index.htm
Visit the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development at: www.deed.state.mn.us/ Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP): Is the state's welfare reform program for low-income families with children. It includes both cash and food assistance. The purpose of MFIP is to help families transition to economic stability.MFIP parents are expected to work, and are supported in working.Most families can get cash assistance for only 60 months.To apply, download and fill out an application: www.edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Legacy/DHS-5223-ENG
Minnesota Energy Assistance Program: Provides assistance to low-income households in meeting their home energy costs, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy.Detailed application instructions, and the applications, can be found here under the "Helpful steps to completing your application" section: www.state.mn.us/portal/mn/jsp/content...
Program Contact Information: For more information, please call 1-800-657-3710 Minnesota Weatherization Assistance Program: The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) uses energy conservation techniques to reduce the cost of home energy by an estimated percent. Correcting health and safety hazards and potentially life-threatening conditions is the first consideration in WAP activities. For more information on the program please visit: www.state.mn.us
To ask about the Weatherization Assistance program, please call the Energy Information Center toll-free at:800-657-3710 HOUSING ASSISTANCE Minnesota Housing: Works with organizations around the state to provide counseling and financial assistance to residents facing foreclosure.Homeowners as well as renters facing the loss of their residences can be helped by calling 1-866-462-6466 or 1-651-659-9336.More information is available atwww.mnhousing.gov
Minnesota’s Child Care Assistance Program: Can make child care affordable for income-eligible parents.All families will have a co-payment based on income and family size.Assistance is available for children up to the age of 12 or up to 14 with special needs.Contact the human services office in your county or visitwww.dhs.state.mn.us for more information. Other Assistance
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.