Here are some resources for assistance with medication costs

United Way
211 toll-free 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 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 External

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

Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs
RXAssist 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 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 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.