Treatment can be expensive, but cost should not get in the way of treating your psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. Fortunately, financial help is available. Here are a few ways that may help to make your treatment more affordable.
Copay cards (also called manufacturer copay cards or copay coupons) can be used to lower what you pay for your prescription drug. That means the manufacturer is helping to pay what is not covered by your health insurance.
Ask your health care provider or pharmacist about any copay cards for the medications you take. You can also look for copay cards on the drug manufacturer’s website.
Copay cards can only be used with commercial or private insurance. They cannot be used if you have health insurance provided by the federal government (Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare or Indian Health Services) due to the Anti-Kickback Statute.
Patient Assistance Programs
Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs) provide financial assistance to patients who do not have health insurance and to patients whose health insurance still leaves treatment unaffordable. PAPs are sponsored by drug manufacturers and nonprofit organizations. Eligibility for PAPs may depend on your household income and what kind of insurance you have.
You can ask your health care provider or pharmacist about any PAPs for the medications you take. You can also look for PAPs on the drug manufacturer’s website.
Treatments may have different costs depending on the pharmacy that you visit. You can use apps and websites like GoodRx, Pharmacy Checker and WeRx to help you find pharmacies in your area that carry your treatment at the lowest cost.
Whether you have health insurance or not, seeing a health care provider can be expensive. Federally Qualified Health Centers, also called Health Centers, allow you to pay on a sliding scale (you pay what you can afford). Find a Health Center in your area.
Also, nonprofit organizations and university hospitals may offer medical care at a lower cost. Contact 211 to find out what is available in your area.