Drug Coverage Options
Medicare Supplement Policies:
Some HMOs offer Medicare supplement plans that include coverage for certain pharmaceuticals.
California law states that anyone enrolled in Medicare is entitled to the same discount the state of California pays when it buys drugs under the Medi-Cal program. Medicare beneficiaries should show their pharmacist their Medicare card to receive the discount. Information on this discount is also available at www.aging.ca.gov
This organization offers mail order discounts to members: www.aarppharmacy.com or call (800) 456-2277.
Pharmaceutical Company Programs:
Some companies have discount programs for people without drug coverage.
The Medicare Program:
This organization assists people who are not able to afford all of their prescription medications by connecting them with free medication programs sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. Visit www.themedicineprogram.com or call (573) 996-7300 for information.
Seniors are eligible for the program if they:
- have exceeded the limit for their brand name drug coverage
- have generic-only coverage and need a medication that is only available as a brand-name drug
- don't have a drug benefit, are not eligible for Medi-Cal and meet certain income criteria