Most health care insurance programs for seniors do not cover the cost of prescription
drugs. The out-of-pocket expenses for prescription drugs, especially for those on a fixed income, can sometimes force a person
to choose between buying food and buying the required medicine to stay alive. Congress is supposed to address this issue soon.
I would urge you to write your senator or congressperson and let them know how you feel about this issue.
In 1998, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Americans spent $91 billion on prescription medications; the total is expected to reach $243 billion in 2008. Seniors account
for 13 percent of the population but more than a third of all drug spending, and nearly one-third of them lack insurance coverage.
Patients Assistance Programs: The U.S. Government Medicare site provides information on programs that offer discounts or free medication to individuals
in need, including information on prescription drug assistance programs, Medicare managed care plans, and Medigap plans that
offer prescription drug coverage in your area.
Buying Prescription Drugs from Canadian Pharmacies
According to a recent Wall Street Journal article
By Laura Johannes (January 18, 2001), "While politicians stand on their soapboxes and wail about high prescription-drug prices
in the U.S., a growing number of Americans are quietly finding a solution. By logging onto three different Web sites owned
and run by Canadian pharmacists and entrepreneurs, U.S. residents are saving 20% to 50%, and occasionally
more, on prescription drugs, even after dispensing and shipping fees.
The Internet is a far more convenient alternative than the well-publicized bus trips to Canada organized
for seniors last year by sympathetic legislators. Government controls in Canada help keep prices low. Customers ordering from
Canada also enjoy a favorable exchange rate: about 66 U.S. cents per Canadian dollar Wednesday.
One catch: Ordering drugs from Canada to save money is technically illegal in the U.S., though authorities
so far have mostly looked the other way. Under U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines, citizens can import up to three
months of medicines for personal use -- but only if those medicines are not available in the U.S."
Here are the websites mentioned in the article. Order at your own risk.
Here is other Medication info that may interest you.
FREE GlaxoSmithKline Orange Card! If you are a Senior without public or private Rx Insurance, have a
single income under $30,000 or a couple's income under $40,000 and need prescription medication, you might be able to save
20 to 40% off the usual price paid for your outpatient GSK medicines. Call 1-888-ORANGE-6 (1-888-672-6436) to see if you qualify
for this FREE card or visit them online at www.orangecard.com
for prescription drug coverage you need to live your life.
GlaxoSmithKline's Indigent Patient ProgramsIn developing its new indigent patient program, GlaxoSmithKline will continue the tradition
of both previous companies to provide needed medicines to people who cannot afford product and who do not have access to government
or private insurance prescription programs. 1-888-825-5249 Mon. - Fri. 8:00am - 8:00pm ET
Novartis CareCard Prescription Drug DiscountsThis card is for U.S. residents only
.The Novartis CareCard is designed to make prescriptions more affordable for
low-income elderly who lack drug coverage. If you are interested in receiving more information about the Novartis CareCard
click the link below or call 1-866-974-CARE (2273)
Paying for Care: Provides basic information about Medicare, Medicaid, and Long Term Care Insurance as they pertain to Nursing Home Care.
National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization Database
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing
hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end
of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in
America and their loved ones.
Hospice Association of America - A national organization representing more than 2,800 hospices and thousands of caregivers and volunteers who serve terminally
ill patients and their families.
Hospice Foundation of America - A non-profit organization that provides leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of
National Association of Home Care - NAHC is committed to representing the interests of the home care and hospice community. Provides a directory of NAHC Member Home Care and Hospice State Associations
Pearlevision Seniors' Choice ProgramCustomers who are 50-59 years of age receive a 50 percent discount on the full retail price of their frames
or lenses (the discount applies to the less-expensive item) when purchasing a complete pair of glasses.
Visit Pearlevision today. Find a store in your neighborhood.
Seniors 60-69 years of age receive a 60 percent discount
Seniors 70-79 years of age receive a 70 percent discount
Seniors 80-89 years of age receive an 80 percent discount
Seniors 90-99 years of age receive a 90 percent discount
Seniors 100+ years of age receive frames or lenses at no cost