Posted 10/3/2018 8:48 AM (GMT -6)
M&G, yes a lot of the pharmaceuticals do not extend to government entities. However, over the years, some has started working with Medicare. I do not know about Medicaid.
If you or someone you know needs the Asacol, I would go to their website & they will say what the offer for assistance. Usually you have to fill out an online application & they will notify the patient rather quickly if they do or do not qualify. They will also state if they do not work with either one of these.
Back in the mid 90's I was on Remicade infusions for crohns disease. Their assistance programs worked with private insurance only on the out of pocket expense. I applied & they took care of my deductible. After my deductible was met I did not need them. My infusions were done OP at the hospital every 4 weeks, the Remicade alone was around $10k, by the time the hospital added in all charges it varied between $12k/$14k a month. Back then, they did not offer assistance to Medicare participants, now they do. I suspect the change came when newer & more drugs became available & they were no longer the "golden child", lol.