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Get Help Paying for Your Prescriptions

If you can’t afford your medicines, help may be on the way. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualified patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get the medications for free or nearly free. Click here to find out how

The Together Rx Access® Card, sponsored by many of the nation’s leading pharmaceutical companies, helps hardworking Americans and their families gain access to immediate and meaningful savings on prescriptions right at their neighborhood pharmacies. With a free-to-get and free-to-use card, people can save on more than 300 brand-name prescription medicines and  products.  Savings are also available for a range of generic products.  Medicines in the Program include those used to treat high cholesterol, diabetes, depression, asthma, and many other common conditions. The Together Rx Access Card is accepted at the majority of pharmacies nationwide and in Puerto Rico.

For more information, click here.

Find Out More About Your Medical Condition

The National Health Council is home to approximately 40 patient advocacy groups that focus on specific chronic diseases and disabilities. You can learn a lot about your condition – treatments, management strategies, the latest research findings – by visiting their websites. Click here

Resources for Family Caregivers

A family caregiver is someone who assists a loved one who is chronically ill or disabled and who is no longer able to care for himself or herself. Caregivers can be family, friends, partners, or neighbors. But they all share the same challenges.


If you are struggling to care for a loved one, you can find resources by visiting the National Family Caregivers Association.


A member of the National Health Council, the National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers, and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships, and life stages to help transform family caregivers' lives by removing barriers to health and well being.


CaringBridge, a National Health Council member, is a nonprofit web service that connects family and friends during a critical illness, treatment, or recovery. The service provides free websites to anyone facing a serious health event. A CaringBridge website is personal, private, and available 24/7. It helps ease the burden of keeping family and friends informed. Patients and caregivers draw strength from loved ones’ messages of support.


To learn more about CaringBridge and its services, click here.

Lotsa Helping Hands

Lotsa Helping Hands is an easy-to-use, web-based service that provides a simple, immediate way for friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to assist loved ones in need. The service includes a private group calendar, specifically designed for organizing helpers, where everyone can pitch in with meals delivery, rides, and other tasks necessary for life to run smoothly during times of medical crisis, end-of-life caring, or family caregiver exhaustion. It's also a place to keep these "circles of community" informed with status updates, photo galleries, message boards, and more. It’s free and private.


To create a Lotsa Helping Hands caregiving community, click here.


Not ready to create a caregiving support website today? Check back to this NHC webpage and use these links in the future.

A Different Normal: Living With A Chronic Condition

"A Different Normal" is blog with a unique approach to serve people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers. The blog is part of the WebMD Health Network and was created with the help of the NHC. The web page features guest bloggers from NHC member organizations, as well as chronic disease experts from WebMD.


Click here to visit "A Different Normal" and share your thoughts and concerns.