Below is a list of independent co-pay assistance foundations that may be able to help patients who are encountering hardships affording their prescribed medications. This is not a comprehensive list of foundations. This list is for informational purposes only and is based on information made available by the independent foundations.
Because each foundation sets its own eligibility and application process and is independent from Merck, there is no guarantee a patient will receive any type of assistance or that funding is available. Please contact each foundation directly to obtain more information.
Your First Calls
The Assistance Fund (TAF) 855-845-3663
HealthWell Foundation 800-675-8416
Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation 866-316-7263
Good Days (formerly Chronic Disease Fund) 877-968-7233
Here are some tips to help you find financial support.
- Non-profit organizations focused on the type of cancer you or your loved one is dealing with may provide financial assistance and/or offer resources for financial assistance.
- Community voluntary agencies and service organizations such as the United Way of America, Salvation Army, Lutheran Social Services, Jewish Social Services, and Catholic Charities may provide financial help for practical needs.
- Federal programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program offer financial assistance to people with cancer.
American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345
- Help Paying for Prescription Drugs, including various types of information and guidance.
- Finding and Paying for Treatment, including Understanding Health Insurance and Understanding Financial and Legal Matters
- Road to Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.
CancerCare Financial and Co-Pay Assistance at 1-800-813-HOPE
Provides limited financial assistance for cancer-related costs and co-pays, and professional oncology social workers can help find additional resources.
- Financial Assistance Program
Helps with treatment-related costs, such as transportation, home care and child care. View available assistance and eligibility guidelines.
- CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance Foundation
Helping people with cancer afford co-payments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment drugs.
- Helping Hand Online Financial Resource Database
Find additional local and national resources to help with financial and practical needs in our searchable database.
Colorectal CareLine at 1-866-657-8634
Provides financial aid to people with colorectal cancer from the Patient Advocacy Foundation.
Good Days at 1-877-968-7233
Ensures no one has to choose between getting the medication they need and affording the necessities of everyday living for chronic diseases, cancer, and other life-altering conditions.
HealthWell Foundation at 1-800-675-8416
Helps patients who cannot afford their insurance co-payments, premiums, co-insurance, or other out-of-pocket health care costs.
Hill-Burton Program at 1-800-638-0742 (Maryland residents call 1-800-492-0359)
Offers a federal program that requires certain hospitals to provide services to those who cannot afford them.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Financial Support – 1-800-955-4572? (Copay Assistance Program)
Provides information and financial aid to patients with leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, or multiple myeloma.
LIVESTRONG Money & Insurance at 1-866-235-7205
Lists information about resources for money and insurance related to cancer patients.
Lymphoma Research Foundation Financial Services at 1-800-500-9976
Offers financial assistance for patients.
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation Financial Assistance at 1-805-563-8400
Helps in various ways to mesothelioma patients from treatments to transportation and more forms of support.
Musella Foundation Brain Tumor Copayment Assistance Program at 1-855-426-2672
Provides up to $5,000 in financial assistance per year to families who qualify and use certain drugs to treat brain tumors.
National Council on the Aging at Helps people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging.
Features information on patient-assistance programs designed to help those who cannot afford their medicines.
Patients Access Network Foundation
Helps underinsured people with life-threatening, chronic and rare diseases get the medications and treatment they need by paying for their out-of-pocket costs and advocating for improved access and affordability.
Patient Advocate Foundation at 1-800-532-5274
Provides direct case management services and financial assistance to patients and caregivers. These include helping people navigate the health care system, working with health care providers, payers and employers to assure that patients have access to affordable care, financial and co-pay assistance and teaching self-advocacy to patients and caregivers. Along with other topics, explore Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-Pay Relief at 866-512-3861.
The Pink Fund at 1-877-234-PINK (7465)
Providing financial assistance to women and men afflicted with breast cancer.
The SAMFund at 617-938-3484
Supports young adult cancer survivors in the United States as they recover from the financial impact of cancer treatment. Through direct financial assistance and free online support and education, The SAMFund helps young adults move forward towards their personal, professional, and academic goals.
Sarcoma Alliance Financial Assistance at 1-415-381-7236
Offers financial assistance for a single second opinion consultation. These grants reimburse expenses related to travel, costs of the evaluation, and related expenses.
-High medical out of pocket financial assistance copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, and health-related expenses
CancerCare Co-Payment Assistant Foundation
-Copayments for chemotherapy and targeted treatment drugs
-Costly insurance copays, financial help, emotional support, and guidance for cancer patients and caregivers
-Medical treatments for the underinsured
National Organization for Rare Disorders
-Medication, financial assistance with insurance premium and co-pays, diagnostic testing insurance, and travel assistance for clinical trials or consultation with disease specialists
Patients Access Network (PAN) Foundation
-Medications and treatment for out of pocket costs
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
-Prescription drug coverage for free or nearly free
Patient Services Incorporated
-Subsidizing the cost of health insurance premiums, providing pharmacy and treatment copayment assistance, assists with Medicare Part D co-insurance, providing travel assistance for transport reimbursement
Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief
-Co-pays and many other forms of help to cancer patients
RxAssist Patient Assistance Program Center
-Free medications who cannot afford the costs and a database for patient assistance programs
Here are only some help from pharma and biotech companies. Reach out to the companies in relation to a drug or drugs, and other types of treatments.
Amgen Reimbursement Support Services and Financial Assistance Programs
Phone numbers are different based on drug
Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation at 1-800-736-0003
Genentech Access Solutions at 1-888-422-2377
Lilly Cares Foundation Patient Assistance Program at 1-800-545-6962
Novartis Patient Assistance NOW at 1-800-245-5356
Pfizer RxPathways at 1-844-989-7284
American Cancer Society Hope Lodge at 1-800-ACS-2345
Provides free, temporary housing facilities for cancer patients in treatment.
Presents a nation-wide online service to help cancer patients and their families find lodging near treatment centers.
Hosts people in need of critical care and respite. Offers free, temporary housing in places to call home through Airbnb.
Air Charity Network at 1-877-621-7177
Connects people in need of “free” flights to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations and other travel resources due to family, community, or national crisis.
Corporate Angel Network at 1-866-328-1313
Arrange flights for cancer patients to treatment centers using empty seats on corporate aircrafts flying on routine business.
National Patient Travel Center at 1-800-296-1217
Provides information about all forms of charitable, long-distance medical air transportation and provides referrals to all appropriate sources of help available in the national charitable medical air transportation network.
Road to Recovery
The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.
Disability Right Legal Center
Offers information about cancer-related legal issues regarding health insurance, employment, government benefits, estate planning, advanced healthcare directives, family law, and consumer assistance. Staff includes attorneys and other professionals. Other help is provided.