Financial Assistance Options

No matter what type of health insurance you have, you may have options to help you afford your medicine. These options may be available to you even if you have no insurance at all.

Use our financial assistance tool to see which programs may be right for you.

If you would rather talk through some potential options, call us at 866-4ACCESS (866-422-2377) (6AM-5PM PST, Monday through Friday).


Genentech Ophthalmology Co-pay Program and Independent Co-pay Assistance Foundations

If you have insurance coverage and need help affording LUCENTIS, these programs may help:

Help with costs for LUCENTIS
Co-pay Card Assistance

With the Genentech Ophthalmology Co-pay Program, eligible patients with commercial insurance could pay as little as $5 per LUCENTIS co-pay. Co-pay assistance is available up to $15,000 per calendar year.

You may be eligible if you:

  • Have been prescribed a Genentech Ophthalmology treatment for an FDA-approved indication
  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Have commercial (private or non-governmental) insurance. This includes plans available through state and federal health insurance exchanges
  • Are not receiving assistance through the Genentech Patient Foundation or any other charitable organization for the same expenses covered by the program
  • Are not a government beneficiary and/or participant in a federal or state-funded health insurance program (e.g., Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medigap, Medicaid, VA, DoD, TRICARE)
Help with costs for injections
Independent Co-pay Assistance

With the Genentech Ophthalmology Co-pay Program, eligible patients with commercial insurance could pay as little as $5 per injection co-pay for LUCENTIS. Assistance with injection co-pay costs is available up to $1,000 per calendar year.

You may be eligible if you:

  • Have been prescribed a Genentech Ophthalmology treatment for an FDA-approved indication
  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Have commercial (private or non-governmental) insurance. This includes plans available through state and federal health insurance exchanges
  • Are not receiving assistance from any charitable organization for the same expenses covered by the program*
  • Are not a government beneficiary and/or participant in a federal or state-funded health insurance program (e.g., Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medigap, Medicaid, VA, DoD, TRICARE)
  • Do not live or get treatments in a restricted state (Massachusetts or Rhode Island)

*Patients may use the Genentech Ophthalmology Co-pay Program for their administration costs if they are receiving their treatment from the Genentech Patient Foundation.

The Genentech Opthalmology Product and Administrative Co-pay Program is valid ONLY for patients with commercial insurance who have a valid prescription for a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved indication of a Genentech medication. Patients using Medicare, Medicaid or any other federal or state government program to pay for their medications are not eligible. To receive co-pay assistance for both drug cost and administration fees, patients must apply for and be enrolled in each type of program benefit, (i.e., drug cost and administration fees).

Under the programs, the patient will pay a co-pay for drug costs and a co-pay for administration costs. After reaching the maximum per treatment or annual limit, the patient will be responsible for all remaining out-of-pocket expenses. The amount of the program’s benefits cannot exceed the patient’s out-of-pocket expenses for the cost of the drug or administration fees associated with the LUCENTIS.

All participants are responsible for reporting the receipt of all program benefits as required by any insurer or by law. The programs are only valid in the United States and U.S. Territories. These programs are void where prohibited by law. The product co-pay program shall follow state restrictions in relation to AB-rated generic equivalents (e.g., MA, CA) where applicable. The administration co-pay program is not valid for Massachusetts or Rhode Island residents. The patient, guardian, prescriber, hospital and any other person using or administering the programs agree not to seek reimbursement for all or any part of the benefit received by the patient through the offer of this program. Genentech reserves the right to rescind, revoke or amend the program without notice at any time. Additional Terms and Conditions apply.

View full TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

Depending on the enrollment criteria you meet, you could qualify for coverage under either or both parts of this program.

Independent Co-pay Assistance

An independent co-pay assistance foundation is a charitable organization providing financial assistance to patients with specific disease states, regardless of treatment. Patients who are commercially or publicly insured, including those covered by Medicare and Medicaid, can contact the foundations directly to request assistance. Eligibility requirements, all aspects of the application process, turnaround times and the type or amount of assistance available (if any) can vary by foundation. 

These foundations may be able to help you. Please check their websites for the latest information.

Organizations for macular and retinal diseases

These organizations are independent of Genentech and may require you to provide personal or financial information directly to the organization to enroll in their respective programs. Genentech cannot share any information you have provided to us.

Independent co-pay assistance foundations have their own rules for eligibility. We have no involvement or influence in independent foundation decision-making or eligibility criteria and do not know if a foundation will be able to help you. We can only refer you to a foundation that supports your disease state. This information is provided as a resource for you. We do not endorse or show preference for any particular foundation. The foundations in this list may not be the only ones that might be able to help you.


Genentech Patient Foundation

If you have financial difficulty or do not have insurance coverage and need help affording LUCENTIS, this program may help:

Genentech Patient Foundation

The Genentech Patient Foundation gives free LUCENTIS to people who have been prescribed this medicine and don’t have insurance or that have financial concerns and meet certain eligibility criteria.

You may be eligible if your insurance coverage and income match one of these situations:

  • Uninsured patients with incomes under $150,000
  • Insured patients without coverage for LUCENTIS with incomes under $150,000
  • Insured patients with coverage for a Genentech medicine:
    • With unaffordable out-of-pocket costs
    • Who have pursued other forms of financial assistance
    • With household size and income within certain guidelines

Enrollment Process for the Genentech Patient Foundation

If you meet the criteria and would like to enroll:

  1. Complete the Patient Consent Form, which is available in English and Spanish, below: 
  2. Once you have completed the Patient Consent Form, please let your doctor's office know that you are applying for assistance with the Genentech Patient Foundation. Your doctor will have to complete another form called the Prescriber Foundation Form. Both forms are required. We must have both the Patient Consent Form and the Prescriber Foundation Form before we can help you.

What to expect next:

  • The request will be processed within five business days upon receipt of both required forms.
  • You and your provider will be contacted to discuss the application outcome and any next steps.

If you have any questions about the criteria, please contact a Foundation Specialist at 888-941-3331 (Mon.–Fri., 6AM–5PM PST).

Genentech reserves the right to modify or discontinue the program at any time and to verify the accuracy of information submitted.


Not sure which programs may be able to help you? We'll walk you through some potential options with the financial assistance tool.

Tips and links for Ophthalmology patients

Tips & Helpful Links

Living with Macular edema following retinal vein occlusion (RVO)

  • Commercial insurance: An insurance plan you get from a private health insurance company. This can be insurance from your job, from a plan you bought yourself or from a Health Insurance Marketplace (for example, from HealthCare.gov). Medicare and Medicaid are not considered commercial insurance. 

  • Public insurance: A health insurance plan you get from the federal or state government. This includes Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE and DoD/VA insurance.

  • For example, a household size of 1 with income of less than $75,000 may meet the criteria for assistance. Add $25,000 for each additional person in the household. There is no maximum number of people you may add.

Who is LUCENTIS for? LUCENTIS® is a prescription medicine for the treatment of patients with macular edema following retinal vein occlusion (RVO).

What important safety information should I know about LUCENTIS? You should not use LUCENTIS if you have an infection in or around the eye or are allergic to LUCENTIS or any of its ingredients. LUCENTIS is a prescription medication given by injection into the eye, and it has side effects. LUCENTIS is not for everyone. Some LUCENTIS patients have had detached retinas and serious eye infections. If your eye becomes red, sensitive to light, or painful, or if you have a change in vision, call or visit your eye doctor right away. 

Some patients have had increased eye pressure before and within 1 hour of an injection. Your eye doctor should check your eye pressure and eye health before and after your LUCENTIS injection. 

Uncommonly, LUCENTIS patients have had serious, sometimes fatal, problems related to blood clots, such as heart attacks or strokes. 

Some LUCENTIS patients have serious side effects related to the injection. These include serious infections inside the eye, detached retinas, and cataracts. The most common eye-related side effects are increased redness in the white of the eye, eye pain, small specks in vision, and increased eye pressure. The most common non–eye-related side effects are nose and throat infections, anemia, nausea and cough. 

LUCENTIS is for prescription use only.

You may report side effects to the FDA at (800) FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects to Genentech at (888) 835-2555.

For additional Safety Information, please talk to your doctor and see the LUCENTIS full Prescribing Information.