As of June 1, savings on prescription drugs became available to Medicare beneficiaries under the Drug Discount Card program. NAMI recommends that Medicare beneficiaries shop around and take their time in selecting a card, as prices will likely come down as competitors for the first time view each other's online listings. Several tools are now available to help Medicare beneficiaries with mental illnesses – and their families – select the discount card that offers the deepest discounts for the specific medications they are taking.
Low-income Medicare beneficiaries (with income up to $12,569 for singles and $16,862 for couples) are strongly encouraged to sign up for the card and a $600 annual credit. Several online resources are currently available for use and copy/distribution at www.medicare.gov.
NAMI also urges Medicare beneficiaries to use the Access to Benefits Coalition website – www.accesstobenefits.org – to search for other discount programs that may be available in your state and to ensure that any Medicare discount card purchased is coordinated with other discount and state pharmacy assistance programs.
Other valuable resources include:
Medicare beneficiaries should also consider calling 1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227) for more information or check here to find out if you qualify for a Medicare-approved discount card and the $600 annual credit. In addition, contact information for your local State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Programs (SHIP) is available at www.medicare.gov/Contacts/Related/Ships.asp and click on your state in the drop-down box.
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