A rural Texas county eliminated all brand name and specialty drugs from their employee group medical plan several years ago. The high cost of drugs was bankrupting their plan.
Plan members needing these expensive drugs are assisted in applying for outside sources for financial assistance. It’s worked out well.
There are currently more than 375 patient assistance programs in the U.S., up 32% from 285 programs in 2009. During this time, patient assistance programs have helped more than 36 million people obtain their medication.