California’s first $2 generic drug charity program helps needy patients stretch their prescription dollars

Fortunately, there is a solution. A $2 charity generic drug program has been launched in parts of Stanislas and Thanks counties to help families in need afford more than 690 commonly prescribed generic drugs.

The charity program – PharmAffordable – is funded by Legacy Health Endowment and EMC Health Foundation and is a collaboration with TIN Rx, an independent pharmacy in Turlock.

PharmAffordable is based on a simple premise: at a time when thousands of residents of Stanislas and Thanks Counties are struggling financially, with many people in need paying far too much for the prescription drugs they need to stay healthy or even alive.

PharmAffordable provides a solution: $2 for a 30 day supply most common generic drugs. PharmAffordable will save people in financial difficulty hundreds of dollars a year on prescriptions by reducing costly prescription co-payments required by many insurance companies.

Unfortunately, we are unable to extend PharmAffordable to individuals enrolled in Medi-Cal, Medicare, and Tricare, due to special rules imposed by these programs.

PharmAffordable is only available to people who live in these postcodes in Stanislas and Thanks counties:

95301

Atwater, Buhach

95303

Ballico

95307

Ceres

95313

Landing of crows

95315

delhi

95316

Denair, Montpellier

95322

Gustin, Santa Nella

95324

Hilmar, Irwin

95326

Hughson

95328

Keys

95334

Livingston Arena

95358

Modesto, Bret Harte

95360

Newman, Hills Ferry

95363

Patterson, Diablo Grande, Grayson, Westley

95374

Stevinson

95380-95382

Turlock, Cortez

95388

Winton, Cressey

To be eligible, people must also certify that they are in financial difficulty so that they cannot pay the regular drug price or their insurance co-payment or deductible for the same drugs.

Here’s how the program works:

Once they have qualified as eligible for the program, people bring their prescription to the TIN Rx Pharmacy at 1801 Colorado Ave at Turlockwhere it will be filled for only $2 for a 30 day supply. TIN Rx can also call the patient’s current pharmacy and have prescriptions transferred if needed. Individuals must bring proof of residence in the 19 postcodes and a copy of their health insurance card (if they have health insurance). As part of the registration process, people will be required to certify their financial need, as the charity program is limited to those who cannot otherwise afford their essential medicines. Those wishing to have their medications shipped can do so, but they will have to pay for the postage themselves. To register, go to www.tinrx.com and click on PharmAffordable, complete the form and click submit.

This link provides a complete list of all generic drugs available for $2.

jeffrey lewispresident and CEO of Legacy Health Endowment and EMC Health Foundation, said the goal of the new program is “to focus on families in need who are watching inflation eat away at their wages and who are struggling with rising gas prices and the growing challenge of paying for food.”

“Rising co-payments and deductibles for prescription drugs are being driven by health insurance companies,” Lewis said. “They advise employers to reduce their overall health insurance costs by shifting greater economic responsibility to employees and families. And in doing so, far too many families are being forced to make life-threatening decisions.”

“PharmAffordable,” Lewis said, “isn’t just about thinking outside the box — we burned the box.”

Founder and CEO of TIN Rx, Dr. Christine Garcia says she is honored to help create such an important program.

“Bringing together community solutions that save residents hard-earned money is one of the reasons we created TIN Rx,” Garcia said. “Collaborating with both foundations is an incredible opportunity to create real and lasting change in the rural Central Valley. Together, we focus on helping families in need. This is the first of many collaborations with Legacy Health Endowment and EMC Health Foundation.

SOURCE Legacy Health Endowment

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