Cost of meds

By BandonBob Latest Reply 2010-12-08 23:59:59 -0600
Started 2010-11-29 14:51:16 -0600

Do other states have a prescription program card like Oregon? Witth my card I can get my meds at my local drug store which being in a small town like Bandon is far away from Wal-Mart or any of the chains. The card is available to any resident of Oregon and is free. The other thing to remember for lowering costs are the drug companies themselves. I only have my social security and the doctor has me on Januvia and I get it free from the Manufacturer in their program.

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squog master
squog master 2010-12-08 23:59:59 -0600 Report

NJ has something called PAAD. Stands for Pharmaceutcal Aid for the Aged & Disabled. If you are low income you might qualify for Medicaid. I did until I was awarded the disability. Now since I get about $150 more than Medicaid allows I lost that.

LennyDenny 2010-11-30 11:04:41 -0600 Report

I live in PA and I know my son has epilepsy and his meds can be quite costly. With out his card he would be paying over $500.00 for one med. so with the card he has no copay. He'd be lost without it. Hope a lot of other states have it also. He lived in NY for about 3 years and says he had a card there also.

realsis77 2010-11-30 10:48:28 -0600 Report

I live in california and I'm only on social security and I wish we had a card like that ! All my meds are over a thousand dollars a month and I don't know what id do without my medicare! I just pray I continue to keep it. Its really rough here in this state with out any help that I'm aware of! Something needs to be done!

BandonBob 2010-11-30 12:13:12 -0600 Report

For the breif time I lived in Palm Springs I was on Blue Cross Senior Secure who use the Medicare part B payment as their payment so there is no extra fee. The copays were all very low and saved my wife and I many dollars during the 5 years we were there. It is available only in Riverside, San Bernadino and Los Angeles Counties and is an HMO which is the only drawback I could find with it. I wish I could find similar coverage here in Oregon.

RAYT721 2010-11-29 18:45:34 -0600 Report

Thank you for sharing the tips with us. Med costs are a big concern for many of us. There are two prescription discount plans here in Ohio. Our local grocery chain, Giant Eagle, gives free oral medications to diabetics (prescription required and generic brands). And you are right about the drug manufacturers with their patient assistance programs… check 'em out, folks!!! There are other resource discussions here on Diabetic Connect (go to discussions, search and enter keywords like "resources," "help," and "free"). It's awesome to learn of people helping people so let's keep those ideas, resources, tips and tricks flowing.

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