Free and low cost medications for seniors: Many pharmaceutical companies have recently begun drug discount card programs to enable low-income and uninsured seniors to buy their medications at a significant savings. Pfizer recently introduced its ShareCard program, which is available to uninsured seniors 65 or older who have individual incomes below $18,000 ($24,000 for a couple). Pfizer medications will be available to program participants at a $15 flat fee. To apply and learn more about the program call (800) 717-6005, or go to www.pfizerforliving.com.
The Together Rx card provides uninsured seniors with a 20 to 40 percent savings on over 130 drugs. Seven major pharmaceutical drug companies are collaborating to provide the Together Rx card program nationwide. The Together Rx card has set its eligibility higher than Pfizer’s Share Card at $28,000 for individuals ($38,000 for couples). To learn more go to www.togetherrx.com, or call (800) 865-7211.
Meanwhile, Merck Pharmaceuticals has chosen not to participate in the discount drug card programs but continues to provide free drugs to eligible persons through its Patient Assistance program. Eligibility requirements require that all other insurance options have been exhausted and that individuals have annual incomes below $18,000 ($24,000 for a couple). Anyone over 18 can participate in the Merck program. For more information call (800) 727-5400, or go to www.merck.com/program/pap/.
The EyeCare America National Eye Care Project provides comprehensive eye examinations and treatment for low-income seniors 65 or older who cannot afford eye care. Volunteer ophthalmologists provide treatment at no cost to eligible people. Call (800) 222-3937 for information.
Medicare announced that it would now cover expenses for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia who may benefit from physical, occupational, speech-language and other therapies, all of which had been denied by some insurance carriers and intermediaries. For more information, contact the Medicare Rights Center at www.medicarerights.org or call (212) 869-3850.
The Benefits CheckUp website is a quick and easy way for you to determine your eligibility for Medicare and other state and federal assistance programs. Go to www.benefitscheckup.org to fill out the fifteen minute questionnaire and receive a listing of programs to contact.
October 3-5, 2002
The Third World Congress & Exposition on Disabilities, Orlando, FL. For more information, call (877) WCD-EXPO.
October 12-14, 2002
National Alliance for Caregiving sponsors the Third International
Conference on Family Care, Washington, DC. For more information, call (301) 718-8444.
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