Deaconess believes that no one should go without their prescribed medications because they can’t afford them. The Medication Assistance Program (MAP) is a free service provided by Deaconess that helps qualifying patients get their medications for little or no cost.
MAP works through a variety of public and private services to help qualified patients receive the medications they need. Our team matches the prescribed medication with specific services or programs that may provide the medications at a reduced cost. It is then up to those individual programs to approve the request. If approved, enrollment is generally good for one year. If assistance beyond one year is required, patients may reapply. MAP staff will check all medications in the patient's record, but those that cannot be provided through an assistance plan are the patient’s responsibility.
How Do You Qualify for MAP?
The Medical Assistance Program is intended to serve as a last resort for patients who do not qualify for other programs and cannot currently afford the medications they need.
Patients who have Rx coverage such as Medicare D as well as patients with high deductibles may qualify for some programs. Because each assistance program has different requirements, it is possible to be approved for one medication and not for another. The following are general criteria that most programs require:
- No prescription insurance coverage
- High copay for medication
- Low income (using government guidelines)
- Inability to pay for medications
How Do You Apply for MAP?
Your primary care doctor or specialty doctor (cardiologist, oncologist, etc.) refers you to MAP. It is important to tell your doctor that you need help paying for your medication. They can’t help you if they don’t know you need help.
What Happens After You Apply?
It usually takes between four and six weeks to get your medication. The medication is sent to your physician's office and someone from that office will contact you when it is ready for pick-up. In some cases your medication may arrive sooner. It depends on how quickly you return the application and financial documentation back to MAP.
For Physician Referral:
Please enter a referral to medication assistance in EPIC.
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