Financial Resources for Growth Hormone Therapy | Turner Syndrome Foundation

Financial Resources for Growth Hormone Therapy

Do you have a child or loved one who has Turner Syndrome (TS) and needs growth hormone therapy (GHT) but cannot afford it? Do you know another parent in this situation? Read below to learn about what financial resources for GHT that could help you or other parents.

Financial Resources for Growth Hormone Therapy

Connections for Growth

This program is run by the company that produces Saizen®, an injection-based treatment that contains somatropin.

Depending on the patient’s needs, Connections for Growth can assist in various ways, including free medication coverage and savings on out-of-pocket costs.

To learn more about this financial resource:

  • call their hotline: 1-800-582-7989; or
  • click on this link.

Genentech Access to Care Foundation

This program is run by the company that makes Nutrophin®, and injection-based treatment that contains somatropin.

To learn more about this financial resource:

  • call their hotline: 866-422-2377; or
  • click on this link.

To learn more about Genentech’s partner, Nutrophin®, and its product:

  • call their nurse support hotline at 1-866-688-7674; or
  • click on this link.

Lilly Cares Foundation

The Lilly Cares Foundation is useful for finding the right financial resource to help cover the cost of medications the patient needs, particularly Humatrope® (somatropin for injection), which helps develop muscles and bones.

To learn more:

  • call their hotline: 1-800-545-6962; or
  • click on this link.

Pfizer Patient Assistance Program

Pfizer makes Genotropin® (somatropin for injection), a growth hormone treatment. The program only covers patients who use this drug.

To learn more about Genotropin® and this program, click on this link.

In addition, Pfizer runs programs to help patients who cannot afford treatments, which offer resources such as:

  • a copay card that, with the help of your health insurance company and Pfizer, covers the cost of Genotropin®; and
  • free GHT if the child meets certain requirements.

To learn more about this financial resource:

  • speak to one of Pfizer’s Medicine Access Counselors at 1-844-989-7284; or
  • click on this link.

NordiCare®

Novo Nordisk makes a growth hormone drug called Norditropin®, which helps with muscle and bone development. They created this program to help patients who have endocrinological (hormonal system) problems (like TS patients) who struggle to afford Norditropin®.

For more information about Nordicare, its prescription relief programs, and Norditropin®:

  • call their hotline at 1-866-310-7549; or
  • click on this link.

Novartis Patient Assistance Foundation (NPAF)

Novartis offers Omnitrope®, an injectable growth hormone treatment containing somatropin. They offer NPAF to patients in financial need, which, if the patient meets their requirements, enrolls them in free Omnitrope® treatment.

To learn more about Omnitrope® and NPAF:

Sandoz OmniStart Program

Sandoz OmniStart Program is another resource that helps patients in financial need who use Omnitrope®. The catch is that, unlike NPAF, they must be using Omnitrope® as their primary growth hormone treatment to have a high chance of being enrolled for reimbursement.

To learn more about this financial resource:

  • click on this link; or
  • call 877-456-6794 for consultation and enrollment.

ZomAccess Financial Support Patient Assistance Program

Ferring Phramaceuticals makes Zomacton™, a growth hormone drug that can be administered via injection or needleless and contains somatropin. ZomAccess financially covers patients who need Zomacton™ but cannot afford it.

To learn more about this financial resource:

  • click on this link; or
  • call 844-944-9646 for a personalized financial consultation.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance Program

This program allows qualifying patients to search for the best financial resources available to cover the cost of their preferred GH treatment. It works with some programs listed above, like Lilly, Novartis, and Pfizer.

To learn more about this program, click on this link.

UHA Health Insurance

This program covers patients who are in need of GHT, including TS patients. To enroll for this insurance, UHA requires that:

  • patients over 12 years of age have open growth plates; and
  • TS patients in general are below the 10 percentile for their age.

For TS patients who want to continue their insurance enrollment each year, they must:

  • grow two or more centimeters per year;
  • have open growth plates (for patients over 12 years of age); and
  • have a height less than the fifth percentile of normal adult height for their gender (150 centimeters for girls)

To learn more about this insurance plan, click on this link.

Wellmark Insurance

This insurance plan covers TS patients who want to use Genotropin® (somatropin), Humatrope®, Norditropin®, Nutropin®/Nutropin AQ®, Omnitrope®, and Zomacton™.

In order to be eligible for this financial resource, TS patients must have:

  • a diagnosis that was confirmed by karyotyping;
  • a height less than the fifth percentile for their age; and
  • an open epiphyses.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts

Usually, this insurance plan covers Humatrope®, Nutropin® and Nutropin AQ® for Turner Syndrome patients.

However, if the treatment fails for the patient, they may be eligible for:

  • Genotropin®
  • Genotropin Miniquick®
  • Norditropin®
  • Omnitrope®
  • Saizen®
  • Zomacton™

To learn more about this resource and eligibility requirements for enrollment, click on this link.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

This insurance plans covers Nutropin®, Nutropin AQ®, and Humatrope® for TS Patients who have the XO karyotype and 45 chromosomes.

Also, if the patient’s treatment fails, they may be eligible for:

  • Norditropin®
  • Omnitrope®
  • Saizen®
  • Zomacton™
  • Genotropin®
  • Genotropin Miniquick®

For more information about this financial resource, click on this link.

Tufts Health Plan

This insurance plan allows qualified TS patients to afford the growth treatments Norditropin®, Norditropin FlexPro® and Norditropin Nordiflex®.

To learn more about this financial resource and enrollment requirements, click on this link.

Cigna Drug and Biologic Coverage

In general, this insurance plan covers child patients with TS who need growth treatment via Humatrope®.

However, if the treatment fails, patients may be eligible for:

  • Genotropin®
  • Norditropin Flexpro® (somatropin for injection)
  • Nutropin®
  • Nutropin AQ®,
  • Omnitrope®; and
  • Zomacton™

To learn more about this financial resource and learn if your child qualifies for enrollment, click on this link.

Oklahoma Health Care Authority

This financial resource mainly helps Turner Syndrome patients in Oklahoma who need Genotropin® for GHT.

To learn more about this financial resource, click on this link.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas

This plan covers TS patients in Kansas who need treatment with Omnitrope® but cannot afford it.

To learn more about this financial resource and eligibility requirements for enrollment, click on this link.

Texas Medicaid Services

Turner Syndrome patients in Texas who cannot afford Protropin®, Nutropin®, Humatrope®, Saizen®, or Genotropin® for GHT can use this financial resource.

To learn more, click on this link.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Highmark, West Virginia

This financial resource covers Turner Syndrome patients in West Virginia who cannot afford Genotropin® Humatrope, Norditropin® (somatropin for injection), Nutropin®/Nutropin AQ®, Omnitrope®, or Zomacton™ GHT. This program is for children only.

To learn more about this resource and whether your loved one is eligible, click on this link.

We hope these financial resources for growth hormone therapy are helpful! It is important that your or your loved one’s child get the treatment they deserve without any obstacles.


If any of these plans do not work for you, or you need additional financial assistance for other therapies:

If you have found other financial resources for growth hormone therapy, please contact us at info@tsfusa.org.

Written by Elizabeth (Liz) Rivera, Turner Syndrome Foundation (TSF) intern and blog writer.

Sources used to write this article

TSF Reimburse Assistance Article

UHA Health Insurance

Wellmark Insurance

Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts

Blue Cross Blue Shield Texas

Tufts Health Plan

Cigna Drug and Biologic Coverage

Oklahoma Health Care Authority

Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas

Texas Medicaid Services

Blue Cross Blue Shield Highmark, West Virginia

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