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Getting Help to Pay for Prescriptions
Social Security Administration
- Monthly premiums
- Having Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and/or Part B (medical insurance)
- Living in the United States
- Having a low income and a low net worth
State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs (SPAPs)
Other Cost-Saving Options
- Partnership for Prescription Assistance (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, NeedyMeds 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.
- BenefitsCheckUp 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.
Social Security http://www.ssa.gov
Extra help with medicare prescription drug plan costs. Social Security website. Available at: https://secure.ssa.gov/i1020/start. Accessed October 31, 2013.
Get help paying costs. Medicare.gov website. Available at: http://www.medicare.gov/your-medicare-costs/help-paying-costs/get-help-paying-costs.html. Accessed October 31, 2013.
NeedyMeds website. Available at: http://www.needymeds.org/index.htm. Accessed October 31, 2013.
Participating patient assistance programs. Partnership for Prescription Assistance website. Available at: https://www.pparx.org/en/prescription%5Fassistance%5Fprograms/list%5Fof%5Fparticipating%5Fprograms. Accessed October 31, 2013.
State pharmaceutical assistance programs. Medicare.gov website. Available at: https://www.medicare.gov/pharmaceutical-assistance-program/state-programs.aspx. Accessed October 31, 2013.
- Reviewer: MichaelWoods, MD
- Review Date: 10/2013
- Update Date: 10/31/2013