Low-Income Seniors Get Help With Prescriptions

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Working with Eli Lilly & Co., Arizona has a new program to help low income seniors with the cost of prescriptions.

"In February the state will be mailing out cards about the program to all senior citizens," said Cory Houghton of the Payson Senior Circle program.

The new program, called CoppeRx, will allow seniors to purchase many of their prescriptions for only $12, Houghton said.

"It's for low-income seniors, those making less than $18,000 a year," she said.

Houghton said this new program replaces the state's Rx America program, which was started last June. To participate in that program, people had to pay a $9.95 enrollment fee. Refunds from the Rx America program can be obtained by request, she said.

The new program will not have an enrollment fee and all Medicare-eligible Arizonans will be enrolled automatically, according to the Rx America website.

According to information on the website, www.rxamerica.com, it creates discounts between 10 and 55 percent on both brand name and generic drugs. There will be 500 pharmacies around the state participating, including those at Bashas' and Safeway, according to the website.

For those enrolled in the existing program, a new card and information about the program will arrive in the mail in late January.

For details, call (888) 227-8315. "Menu option 2 will provide information about the program and menu option 3 has details on getting a refund of the Rx America enrollment fee," she said.

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