Find prescription assistance programs in Virginia.

Virginia Prescription Discount Card

All local county governments in Virginia offer residents access to the NACo Prescription Drug Discount Card program that provides substantial savings on medicines. It covers both generics as well as a few name brand products. This discount card was created to help people of all income levels, and it will assist everyone by giving them free savings on the items they need. It is also available in Virginia regardless of whether the household has health insurance or not.

The discount card is offered thru a partnership with CVS/Caremark as well as other pharmacy benefit managers. It will help Virginia families save an average of 25% off the full retail cost of any prescription medication they need. There are no costs to enroll in the program, no forms to complete, the card is free to apply for as well as use and there are no enrollment fees due.

NACo is for residents of any age or any income. They can receive the card, and there are no medical condition restrictions. People using this prescription discount card will always receive their medication at a lower price than standard retail prices. Everything is covered, including from companies such as Pfizer, diabetes supplies, and more. In effect, consumers will always receive the best price available on their medicines. Thousands of pharmacies across Virginia accept the discount card. Call 1-877-321-2652.




Virginia AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)

This plan pays the Medicare Part D drug costs for people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. It is only for residents with a low income, and in addition to be eligible for this program, participants must be diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Another criteria is they need to be Medicare eligible, and they also need to be enrolled in both ADAP and a Medicare Part D plan in order to receive the savings.

Rx Partnership in Virginia

This is offered by a non-profit organization in partnership with local community clinics in Virginia. It can provide free prescription medications to the uninsured or anyone that lacks proper coverage. The program works by helping health centers and clinics obtain free medications from drug manufacturing companies, both national and international. The clinics will then distribute the items to qualified patients in their region.





Patient assistance programs are one of the most effective ways for lower income families, seniors, the disabled and others to receive either free or low cost medications for their medical needs. So Rx Partnership (RxP) helps facilitate this process. Over 100 drugs are covered, including treatments for depression, diabetes, asthma, hypertension, allergies and glaucoma, among other conditions.

Many families in Virginia, and across the nation for that matter, are unable to afford the escalating costs of medications that may be critical to their overall quality of life or health. RxP was created to help address this situation, and organizations such as the Virginia Health Care Foundation as well as the Medical Society of Virginia worked together to create the service. It improves the access that clinics and people have to indigent patient assistance programs. Health centers in Virginia may be able to help patients save hundreds of thousands of dollars. The way this occurs is that those savings and reduced prices will be passed on directly to qualified patients and consumers.

People of all races, religions, and ages are served. Most of the beneficiaries of RxP have a job and are working, however their income may be too low and they cannot afford the high cost of health care. Or maybe their employer does not provide full health insurance coverage for all their medications. Dozens of free community clinics in Virginia are part of the services offered by Rx Partnership, and they will have pharmacies on site.

While qualifications need to be met, in general Virginia residents whose income is at or below about 200% of federal government poverty guidelines, and who lack prescription drug coverage or health insurance, are eligible. There may be some exceptions made in life threatening conditions, and in those instances the income limits will be increased for a resident of Virginia. A formal application and screening process is in place, and documentation will need to be provided. To get more information, apply, or find a clinic dial 866.262.5510.

Financial aid, vouchers for medicines and other support

VVFC - Virginia Vaccines for Children Program - Low income parents as well as single moms or dads can get free medications for their kids. The state, partnering with regional clinics as well as hospitals, will offer free vaccinations. Assistance can be made for the flu, measles, tetanus, pneumococcal, mumps, and more. All of the prescription drugs for the vaccine will be free to the family. Call 800-568-1929.

Disabled and seniors in Virginia can get help paying for prescription medications from the Medicare savings programs, or (MSP). The four options include SLMB; QI; QMB; and QDWI. State as well as federal government funds cover co-pays for generic or brand name drugs, deductions, deductibles, and other costs. In addition, the Virginia resident will be enrolled into the Extra Help program for even more savings on their medications. Call 804-726-7000 to apply.




Cancer patients may also get assistance with their health care needs, including prescription drugs. Most of the support is for Cervical or Breast Cancer patients, but in rare cases referrals may be given for other types of support. For more information on this Virginia program, dial 804-726-7000.

There are also charities, government programs, and non-profits that can help the less fortunate. Everything from free medications to vouchers, assistance in applying for a patient assistance program, and other support is arranged. Most of the services are either income based or require the applicant to not have health insurance. To learn more, find other Virginia assistance programs.


By Jon McNamara

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