Taking care of a child with epilepsy can be challenging, no matter where you are in your journey. You may be just starting to explore evaluations for epilepsy surgery, or perhaps seizures have returned after surgery.

No matter what, it can be hard to navigate all of the services and costs that come with epilepsy care. Finding health care and medicines that you can afford is one challenge.

Patient Assistance Programs can help you pay health care needs for your family.

These programs can provide:

  • prescription medicine at low or no cost 
  • money for medical bills
  • other financial or health care costs

Patient Assistance Programs offer certain drugs at a discount or for free to people who cannot afford them. The program can deliver medicines to people’s homes, doctor’s office, or their pharmacies. 

All major drug companies have these programs. You may have to apply at each company. 

There are nonprofit patient groups to help you learn how to get discounted medication or other help. 

On their websites, you can: 

  • check if you can get help with your child’s medication  
  • find out which company makes the drug 
  • print applications and instructions
  • find forums for patient support

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about the author

Audrey Vernick is our Director of Patient and Family Advocacy. She is the parent of a child who had hemispherectomy for seizures caused by stroke. She holds a level 2 certification in Special Education Advocacy Training from the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates and is certified by The ARC in future planning.

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