Find Medical Assistance

The rise in the cost of health care has left many Americans struggling to pay their medical bills.  As employers cut back or eliminate health benefits, workers struggle to afford high premiums for health insurance. As a result, patients often forgo recommended care rather than pay the out-of-pocket costs.  If you can’t afford health care or your medications, there are resources available to help.

Federally-Funded Health Centers

Federally-funded health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income. Health centers are in most cities and many rural areas. Health centers provide:

  • Checkups when you’re well.
  • Treatment when you’re sick.
  • Complete care when you’re pregnant.
  • Immunizations and checkups for your children.
  • Dental care and prescription drugs for your family.
  • Mental health and substance abuse care if you need it.

CMV Driver Resources

The St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF) is a christian-based, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization that provides assistance to professional truck drivers whose medical problems have led to financial hardship.

Additional Resources

For a comprehensive list of state prescription assistance programs, please visit This site also provides information for senior-specific programs.

NeedyMeds is non-profit organization founded in 1997 as a resource for people who need help with the cost of medicine. NeedyMeds has information on more than 4,000 programs that are available at no cost.  NeedyMeds provides assistance with the cost of prescriptions, co-pays and premiums, and disease-related expenses. NeedyMeds also offers a free NeedyMeds Drug Discount Card that offers savings of up to 80% on prescriptions. The NeedyMeds website also includes information on the following:

  • Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs): Programs which provide medicine at no cost or at a discount to people who qualify.
  • Free/low Cost Clinics: This is a database of clinics that offer healthcare at no cost, for a small fee, or on a sliding scale.
  • Disease-Based Assistance: Programs that help with the costs of specific diseases and conditions, including some insurance co-pays and premiums.
  • State-Sponsored Programs: Programs offering various types of assistance with healthcare costs for residents of specific states.

NC MedAssist is a non-profit pharmacy program providing access to lifesaving prescription medications, patient support, advocacy and related services to poor, vulnerable, and uninsured North Carolina residents.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance connects qualifying patients with the assistance program that’s right for them.

RxAssist provides information about free and low cost medicine programs and other ways to manage your medication costs.

RxOutreach is a non-profit that provides affordable medications to individuals in need.

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