While Medicare’s drug plan (Part D) was designed to cut drug costs for seniors and people with disabilities, you may find yourself still struggling to pay for your prescriptions. There are other government programs and organizations that provide pharmaceutical assistance beyond what Medicare offers.
As you do your homework to learn more about your drug coverage, you may also want to look into these potential cost-saving options.
State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs (SPAPs) TOP
Most states offer an assistance program to help Medicare members pay for prescriptions. These programs vary from state to state, but they are designed to ease the burden of prescription drug costs for lower-income people.
While you are researching ways to cut prescription costs, it may be worthwhile to also visit these sites:
http://www.pparx.org (PPA) provides information on public and private programs that can help lower prescription costs. To learn about the resources that may be available to you, search the site by the name of your state or by the name of the pharmaceutical company.
Similar to PPA, http://www.needymeds.org lists programs available in your state. This site has contact information so that you can quickly link to a program of interest. You will also find information about the types of programs that are available to Medicare members.
http://www.benefitscheckup.org is a site run by the National Council on Aging. Use BenefitsCheckUp to connect with private and government programs that may help you pay for prescription drugs.
If you feel overwhelmed by the high cost of your prescriptions, reach out for help. There are a range of programs that can be used in combination with Part D.
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