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Merck Vaccine Patient Assistance program.

This in another patient assistance program that is offered by Merck. It is part of a service known as Merck Helps, which provides low income individuals who do not have health insurance a variety of medications and vaccinations.

As with all assistance programs there are some conditions that need to be met in order to receive help. They include age, income, and insurance coverage. To summarize the qualifications needed, the bottom line is that if an applicant does not have health insurance coverage, if the patient is age 19 or older and if the patient has a limited income and cannot afford their vaccines or prescription drugs, the patient may be eligible for free Merck adult vaccines and prescriptions through the Merck Vaccine Patient Assistance Program.

How to apply for the program

You need to work with your doctor or medical provider. Patients who are interested in learning more or applying for help need to speak with their health care professional about which vaccines may be right for them and apply though their doctor. The doctor, nurse, or medical professional will be able to help you apply, and they will work directly with Merck.

Among the other conditions that need to be met, patients may qualify for assistance from the Merck Vaccine Patient Assistance Program if they have a total household income of $43,320 or less for individuals or $58,280 or less for couples. The program also adjusts the income levels for people with children. For example, the income limits increase to $88,200 or less for a family of four. People can apply even if the financial situation is temporary due to unemployment, a short term hardship or some other unforeseen reason.

What is Merck Helps

It is the umbrella name of the program that provide Merck vaccines and medicines free of charge to eligible individuals and families, primarily the uninsured, whose income is up to 400 percent of the federal government poverty level who, without some other type of assistance, cannot afford needed Merck medicines to deal with a medical condition.





Vaccines that are covered by Merck Vaccine Patient Assistance Program

Some of the medications that are included are.

  • M-M-R® II (Mumps, Measles, and Rubella Virus Vaccine Live)
  • GARDASIL® [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant]
  • PNEUMOVAX® 23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent)
  • RECOMBIVAX HB® [Hepatitis B Vaccine (Recombinant)]
  • VAQTA® (Hepatitis A Vaccine, Inactivated)
  • VARIVAX® [Varicella Virus Vaccine Live]
  • ZOSTAVAX® [Zoster Vaccine Live]

Find a listing of other Merck patient assistance programs.

For more information on the program, dial (800) 293-3881

By Jon McNamara

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