These programs offer free HBV drugs to people with low-incomes who do not qualify for any other insurance or assistance programs, such as Medicaid or Medicare. Different company programs have different eligibility criteria based on the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The 2013 FPL income for one individual is $11,490. It is adjusted based on family or household size. 200% FPL is $22,890 and 300% is $34,470 for individuals. A complete table is available here. Unless otherwise stated, companies ask for verification of income, usually in the form of a federal income tax return. Companies also generally consider household income, meaning that a married couple that files joint taxes would be judged on their combined income. People who file individual income tax returns would only have their individual income considered. Always apply for an exception if told you are not eligible.
For more comprehensive information on hepatitis B and C patient assistance programs, click here for the Hepatitis PAP and CAP Resource Guide.