The Rhode Island Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Elderly (RIPAE) program pays a portion of the cost of prescriptions used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, diabetes (including insulin and syringes for insulin injections), heart problems, depression, anti-infectives, Parkinson’s disease, high blood pressure, cancer, urinary incontinence, circulatory insufficiency, high cholesterol, asthma and chronic respiratory conditions, osteoporosis, glaucoma, and prescription vitamins and mineral supplements for renal patients for eligible Rhode Island residents 65 and older. RIPAE also offers limited coverage for the cost of injectable prescription drugs used to treat Multiple Sclerosis.
Individuals with an annual income up to $18,724 and married couples with a combined annual income up to $23,407 receive a 60% discount.
Individuals with an annual income up to $23,505 and married couples with a combined annual income up to $29,383 receive a 30% discount.
Individuals with an annual income up to $41,136 and married couples with a combined income not exceeding $47,012 receive a 15% discount.
RIPAE enrollees can purchase all other FDA-approved prescriptions (except for those used to treat cosmetic conditions) at a 15% discount.
Income guidelines increase each year in accordance with the Social Secial Security Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (COLA)
RIPAE enrollees can purchaseall other FDA-approved prescriptions (except for those used to treat cosmetic conditions) at a 15% discount.
Also under RIPAE, Rhode Island residents between 55 and 64 who are receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) payments and who meet specified income limits, can purchase medications (except those prescribed for cosmetic conditions) at a 15% discount. The annual income limits for those receiving SSDI are $41,136 for a single person and $47,012 for a married couple.
For RIPAE information, call 462-3000 (Voice) or 462-0740 (/TTY)
The University of Rhode Island (URI) Pharmacy Outreach Program assists Rhode Island residents regarding the availability of free or low cost medications through the Medication for the Needy Program. The Outreach Program also provides educational seminars, health screens, and discussion groups on health related topics and information on the use of prescription medications.. The URI Medication Information Line provides information on the use of prescription medications. For URI programs, Call 1-800-215-9001.
A number of pharmaceutical manufacturers make some of their drugs available free of charge to patients who have difficulty paying for them. These are voluntary programs; so each drug manufacturer sets its own eligibility criteria. . Call the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America at 1-877- 743-6779 or go to www.RxforRI.org. You can also contact the Partnership for Prescription Assistance at 1-888-4PPA-NOW or go to www.pparx.org.
Other assistance programs can be found by logging on to www.needymeds.com.
MEDICATION ASSISTANCE/MEDICARE PART D
Medicare Prescription Drug (Medicare Part D) Plans offer Medicare beneficiaries the opportunity to purchase insurance plans to help them pay for prescription drugs. Coverage is available for both generic and brand name medications. Premiums, deductables and co-payments may apply.
Medicare beneficiaries who have supplemental health insurance can choose from more than 50 plans offered by more than 20 companies. Medicare beneficiaries who have Medicare AdvantagePlans must choose their Part D plans from options offered by their Medicare Advantage organization.
Assistance in paying for plan premiums and other expenses (Extra Help) may be available for beneficiaries with limited incomes and resources. For information, contact Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (Voice), 1-800-325-0778 (TTY), or go to www.ssa.gov.
RIPAE members can receive help in paying for their Part D medications during the plan deductable or coverage gap phases, if applicable.
For individual counseling regarding MEDICARE Part D plans, please make an appointment with the health insurance counselor in your area.