Here are some resources for assistance with medication costs

2-1-1
United Way
211 toll-free
www.211.org External

Offers information on prescription-assistance services and medical transportation options for seniors, either via a searchable online database or a 24-hour hotline that connects callers with service professionals in their area.

Extra Help Program
Medicare Rights Center
800-633-4227
www.medicareinteractive.org/get-answers/programs-for-people-with-limited-income/the-extra-help-program External

Provides forms and eligibility requirements for a program that pays the cost of Medicare prescription drug coverage for lower income seniors. Seniors on Medicaid automatically qualify.

Pharmaceutical Assistance Program
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
www.medicare.gov/pharmaceutical-assistance-program/ External

Provides an alphabetical list of prescription drugs linked to information about assistance programs sponsored by pharmaceutical companies.

Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs
RXAssist
www.rxassist.org/ External

Information on patient assistance programs run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. Offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as tools, news, and articles.

Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
National PACE Association
www.pace4you.org External

Program seeks to help low-income seniors living in PACE service areas stay independent by providing prescription drug and nursing home level care. Provides Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage as well as all other necessary medication without copayments or gaps in coverage.

State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs
National Conference of State Legislatures
www.ncsl.org/research/health/state-pharmaceutical-assistance-programs.aspx External

Provides a state-by-state summary of programs that use state funds to pay a portion of medication costs for individuals. Includes links to PDF copies of relevant forms.

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