Senior Rx Savings Solutions

If you or someone you love is experiencing trouble affording prescription medications, don’t despair. There is help out there. Several programs have been put in place to help bridge the financial gap that exists between consumers—including seniors—and their costly medications. Here is who to contact for help:

National Agencies

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)
http://www.pparx.org
1-888-4PPA-NOW (669)
No age requirements, PPA offers prescription services to patients who meet eligible income requirements. PPA serves as a single point of contact for more than 475 public and private programs and can assist you in getting your prescriptions at little or not cost.

RxAssist
http://www.rxassist.org
401-729-3284
Created by Volunteers in Health Care (VIH), RxAssist helps patients by streamlining the application process for the drug manufacturers’ assistance programs with provide prescriptions for free to patients who cannot afford them.

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State Agencies

Alabama
SenioRx/Wellness
http://www.adss.state.al.us/seniorx.cfm
1-800-AGELINE (1-800-243-5463)
Alaska
Senior Information Office
http://hss.state.ak.us/dsds/medicare/
1-800-478-6065
Arizona
Arizona CoppeRx Card
http://www.rxamerica.com/az_discount_home.html
1-888-227-8315
Arkansas
Arkansas Health Care Access Foundation, Inc.
http://www.ahcaf.org/
1-800-950-8233
California
Medications at MediCal prices (when paying out of pocket)
http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/individuals/Pages/PresDrgDisPrgmMedRcpts.aspx
1-800-434-0222
Colorado
Seniors Inc.
http://www.seniorsinc.org/medication.htm
303-300-6940
Connecticut
ConnPACE
http://www.connpace.com/
1-800-423-5026
Delaware
Delaware Prescription Assistance Program
http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dmma/dpap.html
1-800-996-9969
District of Columbia
DC Healthcare Alliance
http://ssc.rrc.dc.gov/ssc/cwp/view,a,1218,q,455346.asp
1-866-842-2810
Florida
SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders)
http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/shine/presassis.html
1-800-963-5337
Georgia
Georgia Partnership for Caring Foundation
http://www.gacares.org/
1-800-982-4723
Hawaii
Hawaii Rx Plus Program
http://hawaii.gov/dhs/dhs/rx_plus
1- 866-878-9769
Idaho
PPARx: Idaho
http://www.rxidaho.org/
1-888-477-2669
Illinois
Illinois Care Rx
http://www.illinoiscaresrx.com
1-800-252-8966
Indiana
Hoosier Rx
http://www.in.gov/fssa/ompp/2669.htm
1-866-267-4679
Iowa
PPARx: Iowa
http://iowa.healthcharities.org/chc.asp?bid=64
1-888-477-2669
Kansas
CommunityRx Kansas
http://www.healthykansas.org/
785-296-1086
Kentucky
Medicare Rx Access Network of Kentucky
http://www.kymedicareaccessnetwork.com/
1-877-293-7447
Louisiana
Louisiana SenioRx
http://www.louisianaseniorx.org/
1-877-340-9100
Maine
Maine RxPlus
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oes/medbook.htm
1-800-321-5557
Maryland
Medbank
http://www.medbankmd.org/
1-877-435-7755
Massachusetts
Prescription Advantage Program
http://www.mass.gov (Search for “Elder Affairs”)
1-800-243-4636
Michigan
miRx
http://www.mihealth.org/mirx/index.html
1-800-259-8016
Minnesota
PPARx: Minnesota
http://pparxmn.org/
1-888-477-2669
Mississippi
PPARx: Mississippi
http://www.pparxms.org/
1-888-477-2669
Missouri
Missouri Rx Plan
http://www.morx.mo.gov/
1-800-375-1406
Montana
Big Sky Rx Program
http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/prescriptiondrug/bigsky.shtml
1-866-369-1233
Nebraska
Nebraska Rx Card
http://www.nebraskarxcard.com/
Nevada
Senior Rx
http://dhhs.nv.gov/SeniorRx.htm
1- 866-303-6323
New Hampshire
PPARx: New Hampshire
http://www.pparxnh.org/
1-888-477-2669
New Jersey
PAAD Program
http://www.state.nj.us/health/seniorbenefits/paad.shtml
1-800-792-9745
New Mexico
SenioRx
http://www.nmpirg.org
1-866-244-0882
Medbank
http://www.nmaging.state.nm.us/medbank.html
1-800-432-2080
New York
NY EPIC
http://www.health.state.ny.us/health_care/epic
1-800-332-3742
North Carolina
North Carolina Rx
http://www.ncrx.gov
1-888-488-NCRX (6279)
North Dakota
Rx Connect ND
http://www.rxconnectnd.org/
1-888-575-6611
Ohio
Ohio’s Best Rx
http://www.ohiobestrx.org/
1-866-923-7879
Oklahoma
Oklahoma Rx Discount Card
http://www.okrxdiscount.com/
1-800-511-7410
Oregon
PPARx: Oregon
http://www.pparxor.org
1-888-477-2669
Pennsylvania
PACE
https://pacecares.fhsc.com/
1-800-225-7223
Rhode Island
Prescription Assistance
http://www.dea.ri.gov/programs/prescription_assist.php
401-462-3000
South Carolina
RIPAE
http://www.dea.ri.gov/programs/prescription_assist.php
401- 462-3000
South Dakota
Prescription Assistance
http://dss.sd.gov/elderlyservices/services/appassistance.asp
605-773-3165
Tennessee
Cover Rx Tennessee
http://www.covertn.gov/web/cover_rx.html
1-866-CoverTN
Texas
PPARx: Texas
http://www.pparxtx.org
1-888-477-2669
Utah
RxConnect Utah
http://health.utah.gov/rxconnectutah/
1-866-221-0265
Vermont
Vermont Prescription Assistance
http://dcf.vermont.gov/esd/prescription_assistance
1-800-250-8427
Virginia
Prescription Drug Assistance Programs
http://www.vda.virginia.gov/prescripassist1.asp
1-800-552-3402
Washington
Washington Prescription Drug Program
http://www.rx.wa.gov
1-800-913-4146
West Virginia
West Virginia Rx
http://www.wvrx.org/
304-414-5935
Wisconsin
SeniorCare
http://dhs.wi.gov/seniorcare
1-800-657-2038
Wyoming
Prescription Drug Assistance Program
https://www.health.wyo.gov/healthcarefin/pharmacy/PDAP.html
(Call your county family services department.)

Mail Order Rx Savings Solutions

If you’d rather sit back and let the medications come to you and, oh yeah, still save money, you may benefit from taking advantage of a postal prescription service. Some prescription plans offer this benefit as both a convenience and a savings to patients. Forget having to pay a shipping and handling fee because most plans offer the service for free in an effort to remain competitive. Couple this with a savings of up to 30% off what the same amount of medication would cost you in a traditional pharmacy and the appeal of mail order medications is easy to appreciate. One such company providing this service is aptly named Postal Prescription Service (https://www.ppsrx.com/). Call them directly toll free at 1-800-552-6694 or visit their site to learn more.

Want cheaper, mail order prescriptions without gimmicks, enrollment or membership fees? If you’re a resident of the Midwest or northeastern part of the US, you’re in luck! Walmart offers a 90 day supply of approximately 300 generic prescriptions for only $10 (including free shipping). To find out more, call 1-800-2REFILL (1-800-273-3455) or visit http://www.walmart.com/pharmacy.

Forget having to hem and haw about whether or not you can afford your prescriptions. While money-saving prescription solutions may not be immediately apparent, savvy consumers know that where there’s a will (or a need) there’s most definitely a way. Keep the above tips and strategies in your arsenal of prescription cost solutions, and – no matter if it’s cash or a medication – you’ll never be left empty-handed again.

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This post was written by Shannon M. Medisky. Shannon is an educator turned parent turned writer and focuses on sharing new and innovative ways to not just survive, but thrive on empty. Visit ThrivingOnEmpty.com to learn more. Her newest book The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stretching Your Dollar is available in bookstores now.

One Response to “Senior Rx Savings Solutions”

  1. Jack Foley |  Sep 21, 2011 at 5:13 am

    good information, alot of time people are too proud to ask, thanks for all the info on each agency