Three Ways to Lower Your Prescription Costs
Consider Switching to Generics or Other Lower-Cost Medications
You may wish to talk to your doctor about the medications you are currently taking to find out if there are generic or less expensive brand-name medications that would work just as well as the ones you’re taking now. According to Consumers Union, switching to lower-cost medications is often enough to help avoid the coverage gap, and can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars a year.
Look into Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs
Many of the major pharmaceutical manufacturers offer patient assistance programs; some even for people enrolled in Medicare Part D. You can contact the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433 to see if there is a program that would help you pay for your medications.
Apply for Extra Help
If you have Medicare and have limited income and resources you may qualify for extra help paying for your prescriptions. If you qualify, you can significantly lower your out-of-pocket costs. Contact the Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433 for more information.
The Senior LinkAge Line®: One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors is a free statewide service of the Minnesota Board on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging. Specialists provide one-to-one assistance with helping older adults age well and live well. The Senior LinkAge Line® is the federally-designated State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for Minnesota and is the place to call for Medicare and health insurance issues. Call 1-800-333-2433 for assistance or go to www.MinnesotaHelp.info® to chat live with a Senior LinkAge Line® specialist.