How to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs

If you do not qualify for Extra Help at this time there several other programs that can help. Save money on Medicare costs by comparing plans to find the best coverage for your situation.

You may ask if you can get a drug at a lower copay. This is important if your drug has a high copay. You may also ask if you can get more pills or a higher dose each month.

  • Sign up for the State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program (SPAP).

  • Apply for help from a certified charity like a copay foundation, if there is one for any medicines.

  • If taking brand name drugs, talk to the doctor about switching to generic drugs. Generic drugs usually cost less, and some plans may cover generic drugs if the coverage gap is reached. Or ask the doctor about switching to a lower-cost brand name drug.

  • Apply for help from a Patient Assistance Program (PAP) that serves people in Medicare Part D plans. If enrolled in the Patient Assistance Program, out-of-pocket costs must be submitted to Medicare or they will not count towards the total drug costs. Check with the Part D plan to see how to submit out-of-pocket costs.

  • See if your doctor can give free samples of any of the medicines taken.

  • Contact county public health department to see if they have a free medicine program.

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