Taking care of our children and their health care needs can sometimes be challenging. Families who have children with increased medical or mental health needs very often find the high cost of prescriptions challenging. If you or someone you know needs assistance covering the cost, there are programs available to assist you.
Years ago, when we first stepped into the disability community, we had no direction. No idea what changes would come or what health care costs we would incur. Prescription costs were some of the hardest for us at times. Although we had private insurance, the high cost of prescription co-pays was sometimes too much. We had $900 monthly insurance premiums as well as insurance deductibles to meet for both medical and prescription costs. On a standard basis, it may not have been so challenging, but with multiple office visits, therapists, specialists and all else in between, it often made for difficult choices.
There was a point in time where the cost of one monthly medication alone was over $2,000.00. My husband and I had good jobs, yet we found ourselves struggling to make ends meet. It was a very trying time for our family. One day in conversation with another mom, I heard about prescription and health care assistance programs. That was a pretty good day. Sometimes when you are in a rush to get things done, you don't know what you really don't know. I found that prescription assistance programs are available through manufacturers, private organizations, church groups and many non-profit service agencies.
Here are a few programs that can help families who need help paying for their prescription medicine. Partnership for Prescription Assistance, Prescription Assistance: American Diabetes Association, Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief and RxAssist - Patient Assistance Programs.
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After making the difficult decision to medicate your child, with time and on occasions, old symptoms return or new ones appear. Once again, you’re faced with what felt like an already-made decision - to medicate higher or more, or not.
Giving yourself permission to take the time you need when you are ill can bring about good, healthy outcomes.
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