The following information is not related to any insurance plan. Many insurance plans offer limited or no coverage for prescription drugs. The following information includes options that you may need if your insurance does not offer adequate coverage. (If your health insurance includes prescription coverage, please refer to plan details for participating pharmacies.)
Low to No Cost Prescription Medication Programs
Walgreens Prescription Savings Club
Get over 400 generic prescriptions for $12 for a 90 day supply with the card. You also get a 10% reward on purchases of Walgreens brand products. There is a Walgreens located near the Graduate Center in the Empire State Building.
Walmart $4 Generic Prescriptions
Walmart offers over 300 different drugs at only $4 per prescription fill or refill (up to a 30 day supply $10 for up to a 90 day supply). The program is available at Walmart, Sam's club and Neighborhood Market Pharmacies. You must obtain the prescription from the store, not online. Find a store near you. (Note that there are no Walmart stores in the five boroughs of NYC.)
Target $4 Generic Prescriptions
The Target pharmacy offers a wide range of generic drugs for only $4. There are Target stores in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.
The Medicine Program
This website has a variety of options for individuals and families seeking help with prescription drug costs. The website also offers free, discount prescriptions drug card that can be used for discounts on drugs bought at pharmacies like Kmart, CVS and Duane Reade, among others.
Low or No Cost Oral Contraceptives
Twentyeight Health is an online resource for women’s reproductive health offering oral contraceptive pills at low or no cost. The process is streamlined with online staff doctors, who can then provide prescriptions for oral contraceptive pills, arrange for delivery to your home, office or pharmacy and answer questions about reproductive health.
Twentyeight Health accepts Medicaid and a large number of other private and public health insurance plans (including the GC provided plan, United Health Empire through NYSHIP). If patients have no insurance, there are low cost and no cost options, as well as a special discount code for GC students, “WELLNESSCENTER”, which allows for a free initial online physician evaluation. Otherwise, out-of-pocket costs for pills range from $18 to $25.
During the pandemic, 28 Health is waiving the doctor evaluation fee ($20) with code ACCESS to make it easier during these challenging times. Birth control is often $0/month with insurance (including Medicaid) or starting at $16/month without insurance. Free delivery and messaging with the doctor is included.
Prescription Assistance Program Finders/Databases
Rx Assist is a database of patient assistance programs. Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need.
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance
(888) 4PPA-NOW (477-2669)
The partnership for Prescription assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free. Its mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. Through this site, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance offers single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.
Developed and maintained by The National Council on Aging (NCOA), Benefits CheckUp is the nation's most comprehensive Web-based service to screen for benefits programs for seniors with limited income and resources. Find and enroll in federal, state, local and private programs that help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, health care and other needs.