For those seniors who cannot afford their medications, there are prescription drug assistance programs that can be accessed in addition to standard services such as Medicare Part D and Medicare Extra Help.
To that end, I am going to do give you tips, resources and ideas to enable you to receive your prescription drugs at sharp discounts, or maybe even free!
NeedyMeds is one of the best websites I have seen. Not only does it help those who are looking for prescription drug assistance programs, but there is a drug discount card that you can download that is accepted at over 62,000 pharmacies.
These pharmacies, which include Walgreens, Wal-Mart, CVS and Rite-Aid, take the card and there is a search box on the NeedyMeds website which will help you find other pharmacies in your area that accept the card.
Note: Since I have become involved in assisting caregivers, I have worked with many terrific people. Dr. Richard Sagall of NeedyMeds is one of the finest persons I have met. His resource, NeedyMeds, to me is an indispensable resource for seniors and should be your first stop for prescription drug assistance.
I am proud to partner with them to expand their outreach and to market the NeedyMeds prescription drug card.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The first prescription drug assistance program I will detail is the Partnership for Prescription Assistance.
This is an interactive site that will allow you to search for not only for private prescription drug assistance programs but also for local and state programs that may be able to provide you with assistance as well.
You will insert the appropriate information, such as your age, state you live in, medications you require, your income, your current insurance information [Medicare Part A, Part B, Part D, Extra Help, etc…] and the interactive system will give you the programs that will provide you the most assistance.
In order to assist you, I created a video below to show you how to use the site to find the programs that will help you the best.
The Rx Assist Patient Center functions in a similar but noticeably different fashion…and it may be a little simpler to operate for seniors.
All you do is plug in the prescription medication that you need assistance with….but can’t afford…and you will be given a link to an online application to apply for the prescription drug assistance program relating to the medication.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI has put together a list of prescription drugs that assistance is available for as well as the companies offering the assistance and the phone numbers to call and start the application process.
Rx Outreach provides much of the same information that the other websites provide. They provide you with income eligibility guidelines, a list of prescription medications covered as well as an online application to apply for the programs.
These programs, as well as those provided at the state level [through state pharmaceutical assistance programs] and at the Federal level [through Part D and Medicare Extra Help] are designed to assist seniors and other low income individuals to obtain the prescription medications they need.