Help With Prescription Medication

Many people do without prescription medication because they cannot afford it.  In 2005, in Greater Cincinnati, 10.5% of the population did not receive prescription medication because they needed the money to buy food, clothing or pay for housing. 26.9% of the uninsured were unable to purchase needed medication.  Below is some information about programs to help you obtain medication.

Medicare Part D

Elderly and Disabled people who qualify for Medicare can obtain prescription drug assistance through Medicare Part D.  Low income Medicare beneficiaries can qualify for coverage with very little out of pocket expenses.
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Medco Rx Discount Program®

The Medco Rx Discount Program® is a discount prescription drug card for anyone who doesn’t have prescription insurance .The program offers discounts on all drugs and is available to individuals and families for a membership fee - $25 for an individual/ $40 for a family per year. The Medco Rx Discount Program is not an insurance plan that you need to qualify for – anyone over 18 is eligible. By using the Medco Rx Discount program at over 57,000 participating retail pharmacies , including over 95% of retail pharmacies nationwide, members can save an average between 14 - 45 percent off brand-name and generic prescription medications*. Or members can use Medco By Mail, Medco's mail-order pharmacy – for potentially greater savings. The program, in existence for close to a decade, is offered by Medco, a leader in managing prescription drug benefit programs that are designed to moderate the cost and enhance the quality of pharmacy health care. Members can enroll, compare drug prices and find a participating pharmacy near them at


The MedShare Pharmacy provides medications at a low cost to
uninsured and low-income persons and to senior citizens of the
communities we serve.
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National Association of Counties Prescription Drug Discount Card Program

Recently launched, this program offers discount cards to every family residing in Hamilton County, OH, Boone County, KY and Campbell County, KY. On average, this program saves consumers 23% off regular retail prices. There are no age, income or health restrictions. All commonly prescribed prescription medications, including pet medications, are eligible for a discount. The discounts are available to consumers who do not have prescription drug insurance or the particular drug they need is not covered by their insurance. The average savings is 23% percent off the regular retail price the consumer would otherwise pay at the pharmacy.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance is sponsored by America's pharmaceutical companies to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free.  A number of patient assistance programs provide help to patients who lack prescription drug coverage and earn less than 200% of the federal poverty level ($21,660 for an individual or $36,620 for a family of three).
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Merck’s Guide to Affordable Medicine

Click here to read the guide.

Chain Store Discounts

Many national chain stores offer certain prescriptions at low prices such as $4 per prescription.  Check out these links:

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