Your Guide to Parkinson's Resources

USA.gov

USA.gov, Office of Citizen Services 1275 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20417
800-333-4636
http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Health.shtml

Find an A-Z list of health topics and resources on insurance, prescription drugs, nutrition, caregiving, and more on this government Web site.

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BenefitsCheckUp helps you find state, federal, and private benefits programs available where you live. These benefits programs can help pay for prescriptions, health care, food, utilities, and more. You can also get help with tax relief, transportation, legal issues, or finding work.  Take their questionnaire to find out what benefits and services are available to you.

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The AAA Prescription Savings Card is a discount card available to AAA members offering an average of 24% off of the pharmacy's regular retail price for prescriptions. This program is ideal for those don't have prescription coverage, or if some of your medications are not covered by your insurance plan. The website allows you to search for participating pharmacies in your area and calculate the estimated cost of your prescriptions. They also offer the option of having your medications delivered through the mail.The AAA Prescription Savings Card is a discount card available to AAA members offering an average of 24% off of the pharmacy's regular retail price for prescriptions. This card is ideal for those don't have prescription coverage or if your current insurance doesn't cover the cost of some of your medications.  Their website includes a list of participating pharmacies, a price estimator, and information on the option of having your medications delivered through the mail.

All AAA members and members of their household receive this savings card free as part of their AAA membership. If you are not a current AAA member, memberships are available in three different options based your needs and your budget.

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RxAssist is a nationally recognized, web based medication assistance resource center. Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news, and articles for  health care professionals and patients.

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Partnership for Prescription Assistance is a non-profit organization that can assist those who are uninsured or lacking adequate prescription coverage get access to prescription assistance programs.  Most prescription programs offer medications free or at reduced cost to the patient.  There is no charge to use this service. 


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It is common for people with PD to take a variety of pills and keeping track of all of your medications can be a challenging task.  If you are unsure what a particular medication is, this handy pill identifier tool allows you to input identifying factors such as shape, color and imprint to quickly and safely identify the pill.


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The United Way provides free and confidential information and referrals to assist with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling, and many other needs. Web site visitors can search for organizations by city, state, or ZIP Code, and refine their results by using keyword searches to find services that may be available in their areas.
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The Patient Advocate Foundation

421 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, VA 23666
(800) 532-5274
http://www.copays.org/about_cpr.php

The Patient Advocate Foundation offers a resource guide, by state, for patients and family members needing financial assistance. This Web site is easy to navigate and can link you directly to the resource or provides the phone number and address of each resource. Support ranges from assistance with rent or prescription drug costs, to grants for gasoline for travel to/from doctors appointments.
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The Melvin Weinstein Parkinson's Foundation

1340-1272 N. Great Neck Road, #193
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
(757) 313-9729
http://www.mwpf.org

Melvin Weinstein Parkinson's Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that offers assistance to individuals living with Parkinson's disease that are facing financial hardships. You can download a form on this Web site and specifically list your needs for assistance (from help with rent or mortgage payments to purchasing mobility aids). This Web site also links to a list of resources that may be able to help with prescription drug costs.
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NeedyMeds.org

P.O. Box 219
Gloucester, MA 01931
http://www.needymeds.org

NeedyMeds is a national non-profit organization that has information on programs that help people who can't afford their medications and health care costs. The website has information about the pharmaceutical patient assistance programs (PAPs), programs that help people based on diagnosis, free/low-cost clinics and much more. All of the data is free, easy to access, and updated regularly. NeedyMeds also runs a free drug discount card that can save users up to 80% off the cost of their prescriptions

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Catholic Charities USA

66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 600
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1390
http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org

Catholic Charities is recognized as one of the nation's largest social service networks. This organization helps provide food, shelter, financial assistance, and other support to people of all denominations. Visit their Web site to learn more about the programs available in your state which may include: rent assistance, temporary housing, prescription drug assistance, and counseling services on a sliding fee scale.
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