Medication Application Service (MediAppS)
The various pharmaceutical companies have established patient assistance programs that make their medicines available at no charge or reduced cost to people in need. Each company has its own criteria, application forms, and eligibility guidelines.
Working with information supplied by you, we assess your situation to see if you qualify under the patient assistance program operated by the company that manufactures your prescribed medicine. If you do qualify, we work with you and your doctor to enroll you in the patient assistance program operated by that company.
Once your claim, together with its appropriate supporting documentation, is approved by the pharmaceutical company, they will send your medicine either directly to your doctor or they will issue you a card that will allow you to get your prescription filled by your pharmacist.
How long does the process take?
Assuming you qualify for assistance, it usually takes about forty-five days from the date of our first meeting with you before you receive your prescription medicines through MediAppS.
What medicines may I receive through MediAppS?
Medicines obtained through MediAppS fill ninety-day prescriptions; hence most medicines secured are maintenance drugs designed to treat chronic conditions. We will work with you in filling claims on a wide variety of medicines designed to treat a wide variety of illnesses or conditions. The actual medicines available through MediAppS are determined by the various drug manufacturers.
What happens when my ninety-day supply of medicines expires?
Before your current prescription expires, we will contact you to renew your prescription through MediAppS so that your supply of medicine is not interrupted.
Is there a limit to the number of prescriptions that I may obtain through MediAppS or the number of times I may renew?
MediAppS does not limit the number of prescriptions that we will assist you in securing, even if a different company makes each different medicine. We cannot assure, though, that every medicine you need will be available through the patient assistance programs of the companies.
Each pharmaceutical company sets their own rules, if any, regarding the number of renewals that a person is allowed. Many companies set no limits on the number of renewals.
How do I get started?
Please contact the Catholic Charities office shown on this brochure to schedule an appointment. We will send you a financial information packet to fill out and bring to your appointment. Along with this packet you will bring items, such as proof of income, your tax return, and list of medications (or just your prescription medicine bottles).
Is there a fee for this service?
The number of completed applications sent to the various drug companies determines the fee. The fee for one application is $20.00. For two or more applications, the fee is $30.00.
Because some companies allow multiple medications to be listed on one application and because a flat $30.00 fee is charged for two or more applications, it is possible that you can meet most of your prescription medicine needs for a cost not to exceed $120.00 per year (four ninety-day supplies of medicines multiplied by the two-or-more application fee of $30.00.) That works out to $10 per month.
Goals and Objectives
MediAppS promotes human dignity by helping people consistently and readily access needed medicines, at an affordable cost, in the dosages needed to maintain their health.
If you need assistance with your medication and believe you may qualify, please contact Lori Kramer (Winona area) at 507-454-2270.