Find prescription assistance programs in Texas.

Discount prescription drug card

Most local county governments in Texas offer a prescription discount card to their residents, no matter what their income is. The discount card helps families save an average of 22% on prescription drugs that they need to pay for, and it works for both brand name and generics. The card is free to households of all income levels and is not limited to uninsured and/or low income families.

NACo is the company that developed the card and program. Best of all the discount card is free to use, their are no applications to complete, and is available to all Texas patients. It can often be printed for free off of their Internet. There are no income criteria that need to be met in order to apply for or receive the card. Call 855-469-8979 to get more information or to apply.

Medication from TexCare Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Some free or reduced priced health care services as well as medications may be offered from the Texas CHIP program. But the focus is on providing help to children as well as teenagers. It was created to help those more moderate income families who currently earn too much money to qualify for the federal government Medicaid or Medicare health care program, yet cannot afford to buy private insurance.

As noted, the focus is on supporting youth in Texas. Some prescription drugs may be paid for using the CHIP program. So this can help people who do not qualify for other government aid. Dial 1-800-647-6558 to apply for CHIP or to get more information.




Texas MediCaid

Call 800-252-8263 to get more information on this resource. All applicants need to be very low income and/or living in poverty to apply. Most patients will need to pay a small amount for the medications that Medicaid covers, so there will be some costs due. But the price will be much less than alternatives. As with most Medicaid programs, prescription assistance is part of what is offered by the state.

HIV Medication Program in Texas

Low-income Texans who are impacted by HIV or AIDs can apply for the state of Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP). Applicants need to be diagnosed with it, and confirmation will be needed from a doctor or medical provider.





This government program provides medications for the treatment of HIV and any resulting complications. Assistance is for Texas residents who meet eligibility criteria. A formal application process is in place. One a patient is approved, a client will receive free or low cost prescription medications at an assigned pharmacy in their community.

Senior Prescription Assistance Program

This is only available for residents of Dallas or Collin County. Low income and/or uninsured adults who are age 55 or older may qualify for free prescription drugs. It can help many struggling elderly residents get the medications that they need for a certain condition.

Services provided by the program can assist with finding, applying for and obtaining assistance from pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs. Companies that participate include Pfizer, Eli Lilly, and many others. In addition to the senior care, there are also prescription drug coupons that can help the elderly save money. Clients will be able to work with a case manager on applying for this. Call 214-823-5700

Texas Area Agency on Agency Benefits Counseling

Most counties and towns in Texas have area agency on aging centers. These locations can provide assistance and support to people over 55 years old. They often support the disabled as well. Case workers will provide help with finding and applying to discount drug programs. Call your local agency on aging office and see if they provide this service, or find additional Texas senior assistance programs.

Texas Benefits Counseling Program and Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs

Most counties provide this service to local families. There may be a small fee involved. A local human or social service office will provide information as well as additional support to low income and uninsured patients. it covers everything from Medicare parts A, B, C, to D. They will provide assistance with finding and applying to patient assistance programs, payment plans, discount drug cards, and other forms of financial aid. Call 800-252-9240.




Another non-profit organization to call is a local community action agency. Volunteers and specialists from these centers will also provide help and guidance with finding medications, in particular for life threatening conditions.

Immigrants and Spanish speakers can often get referrals to low cost prescription drug programs from charities. Two of the largest include Saint Vincent as well as Catholic Charities. Both of them have extensive operations in Texas. Dial a 211 service for more information on how to pay for life saving prescription medications.

There are dozens of other local county resources. Some of them address medical needs, including encouraging access to affordable prescription drugs. There are even federally qualified community clinics to try. Locate additional assistance programs in Texas.

Kidney Health Care Medications

The Texas KHC program will help those with renal disease or other serious conditions. Services provided by the state include coordination of benefits, free prescription drugs, premium reimbursements for Medicare Part D and much more. Much of what is provided will be in the form of referrals.

Patients will be able to explore a number of state and federal government funded Prescription Drug Programs, provide limited travel reimbursement, or co-insurance for immuno suppressive drugs. Some items may be covered under Medicare Part B, and others may not. Either way it will help as much as possible with paying for certain medical expenses. The drug must be approved in order for a patient to receive it.




By Jon McNamara

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