What should I do if I can’t afford my prescriptions?


Prescriptions are expensive and sometimes it's difficult to afford them.

If you can't afford your prescriptions:

  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist if a generic version is available. Generic drugs are typically cheaper than brand-name drugs.
  • Ask your doctor if prescription samples are available.
  • Consider getting your prescriptions through a mail-order pharmacies.
  • Seek help paying for your prescriptions. Drug assistance programs exist to help you better afford the prescriptions you need:
    • NH Medication Bridge Program - Sponsored by the Foundation for Healthy Communities, this program helps people with low incomes access needed, long-term prescriptions. http://www.healthynh.com/medication-bridge.html
    • NH ServiceLink Resource Center Network - A program of the NH Department of Health and Human Services, ServiceLink provides unbiased, community-based information, referrals and assistance to help people make informed decisions and live healthy, independent lifestyles in our communities. Website: http://www.referweb.net/nhsl/ and toll free phone: (866) 634-9412. * Contact the maker of the drug to see if they offer a program to help make the prescription more affordable.
  • If you can't afford your medical care and prescriptions on a regular basis, see if you qualify for Medicaid. NH Medicaid pays for certain health care costs, including prescriptions, for people with limited income and resources. To see if you qualify, visit the NH Medicaid: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/ombp/medicaid/index.htm.