NY prescription assistance program
If you are a New York resident, there may be a time when you could use some help paying for your prescription medications. That is why the NY prescription assistance program may be a useful tool for you.
Community Health Advocates (CHA):
Residents of New York are eligible to receive free advice from a Community Health Advocate. It is helpful to understand; there are several insurance programs in New York that provide health coverage benefits to eligible residents of New York. To determine eligibility, several things must be considered including; your residence and income as well as your health. A Community Health Advocate will work to help find you affordable health coverage options as well as discounted care programs. CHA counselors can provide advice either over the phone or in-person at one of the several agencies located throughout the state of New York. To speak with a CHA advocate, call 888-614-5400 or email cha.cssny.org.
Please note: Community Health Advocates provide free advice and do not offer medical care or prescription drugs.
EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program):
The EPIC program is a available to seniors in the sate of New York. To be eligible, residents must be 65 or older and meet specific income requirements. You must also have a Medicare Part D plan in place; there are a few exceptions to this requirement. If you are on a Medicaid spend down program, you are eligible to participate in this program as well. However, if you receive full Medicaid benefits, you do not meet the requirements for participation in this program.
EPIC offers 2 different plans. Participation in each plan is based on income. The first plan is the Fee Plan . This is for eligible members who have income up to $20,000 (single) or $26,000 (married). The second plan is the Deductible Plan . This is for members who have income that ranges from $20,001 to $75,000 (single) or $26,001 to $100,000 (married).
Additionally; EPIC provides prescription payment assistance to over a quarter million New York residents who save an average of 90% of the cost of their medications.
EPIC lowers the cost of medications by helping beneficiaries pay both deductibles and co-pays. It also helps members pay their Medicare Part D premiums. Members receive either free or reduced cost medications. To find out if you qualify for EPIC, call 800-332-3742. Anyone who has EPIC automatically qualifies for an extra special election each year.
NY Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program:
If you are a New York state resident, you can call 800-701-0501 for a free consultation about health insurance options and issues with Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, or EPIC.