Prescription Drug Coverage

The Basics

Many medical conditions are treated with prescription drugs. While these drugs can help you stay healthy, they can also be very expensive. However, there are a number of ways that you can get help paying for the prescription drugs you need.

If you have private or public health coverage, it will cover prescription drugs, because they were made an Essential Health Benefit by the Affordable Care Act of 2010. However, the exact rules of which drugs will be covered and what portion of the cost of prescriptions you will have to pay depend on the details of your coverage.

If you don’t have health coverage or the coverage you have doesn't pay for a lot of your prescription drug costs, there are other programs that may be able to help you afford the medications you need. Various health coverage options and additional programs that can help you pay for prescription drugs are introduced in this article.

Note: DB101 keeps track of changes to health coverage and related laws. DB101 has been and will continue to be updated to reflect any changes. For news related to health coverage, visit the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).

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