Financial Help

Obtaining financial assistance or adequate health insurance to cover healthcare costs and household expenses can be challenging for those with Crohn’s or colitis.   However, there are programs and other resources that can help you during a financially difficult time.  To learn more about these resources, review the information below and check out other “Helpful Links

Medication Assistance Programs

Many pharmaceutical companies provide financial assistance programs for those patients who are taking the medications that they make.   Many of these programs are often for patients who have no insurance or private insurance.  Visit their website to see if you qualify.

There are also nonprofit organizations that offer direct financial assistance, drug discount cards, co-pay assistance, advocacy and directories of other available resources.  You can find a listing of some of these programs at several popular sites including:

Publicly Insured Patients

There are two major forms of public insurance.  These are Medicare and Medicaid.  For insurance assistance in relation to Medicare, please contact the Medicare Rights Center ( at 800-333-4114.  You could also contact The Center for Medicare Advocacy ( ) at 860-456-7790

Most states have counseling programs that can provide free information and assistance on Medicaid/Medicare, commercial insurance, and other health care financing. The “Families USA” website is a great site to look up your state’s health care resources.

There is also a program for Medicare recipients called the Low-Income Subsidy (LIS), or “Extra Help” program. Medicare patients who have limited income and resources may qualify for “Extra Help” to pay for prescription drugs. The LIS program from Medicare provides financial assistance for patients who may otherwise be unable to afford the costs associated with their Medicare Part D plan.  To learn more and see if you are eligible, visit:

 Co-pay Assistance

Patients with private insurance, including employee sponsored, public insurance, and insurance through the Affordable Care Act, are often required to pay for a portion of their care though co-payments.   This might include an office visit fee or a deductible, which is a percentage of the total cost.   For patients who visit the doctor or have multiple tests per year, these expenses can add up.  There are programs that offer co-payment assistance including:

Please note, these organizations are privately funded and at times may not have funding available for Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.   You may be advised to check back regularly.

Other Programs

There are many programs that may help with:

  • Travel to and from medical appointments
  • Free ostomy supplies
  • Help with household expenses such as rent, utilities, and food

To learn about more about these programs, visit our Helpful Links     

Whether you’re looking for a specific resource, referrals to other organizations, or answers to questions you can’t find anywhere else, you can speak with helpful specialists at the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation’s Irwin M. and Suzanne R. Rosenthal IBD Resource Center (IBD Help Center), Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST at: 888-694-8872 or at