Santa Clara County Offers Prescription Drug Cost Reimbursement for Residents with Chronic Conditions | News

A customer visits Maximart Pharmacy in Palo Alto on November 20, 2019. Photo by Sammy Dallal.

Santa Clara County has begun offering financial support to residents with chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes who are struggling to pay their prescription drug costs, county officials said Tuesday.

The MedAssist program supports people with severe asthma, diabetes or allergies by partially or fully reimbursing the costs of insulin, inhalers and EpiPens.

Eligible residents who participate in the MedAssist program will receive a check each month to help pay for their prescription costs, including those filled at retail pharmacies, according to the county.

A resident’s annual income must also be below a certain threshold for their household size to be eligible for reimbursement, depending on the county. For a household of four, a program participant must earn less than $251,000 to qualify.

“Many people fall into this ‘missing middle.’ They earn a little too much to qualify for Medi-Cal or other similar programs, but not enough to afford high-quality health insurance at market rates. “said county supervisor Joe Simitian. “These are essential medicines – lifesavers, really – but the cost is out of reach for middle-class families.”

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