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Ask your doctor if a cheaper version of your medication—a generic or older drug—would suit you. Also ask about free samples.

Rx assistance programs: Call your state health department or agency on aging, or go to to find programs you might qualify for.

Veteran and military benefits: If you are a veteran, call (877) 222-8387, or go to If you are a military retiree or dependent, including current, widowed or divorced spouse, call (800) 538-9552, or go to

Drug company assistance: Many drugmakers offer free supplies of their own products to Medicare enrollees without drug coverage. Income limits apply. For a free directory, call (800) 762-4636, or go to

Rx discount cards: Ask your pharmacist about discounts. For details of drug company cards, go to, or call the following numbers: GlaxoSmithKline's Orange Card, (888) 672-6436; Eli Lilly's LillyAnswers, (877) 795-4559; Pfizer's For Living Share Card, (800) 717-6005; or the Together Card, (800) 865-7211, for drugs made by seven companies.

Discount mail order programs: There are many, including AARP's program, at (800) 289-8849 or, and Medco Health, at (877) 733-6765 or Compare prices among several plans at

Canadian mail order: Two U.S. nonprofits help Americans of any age fill prescriptions from licensed Canadian pharmacies by mail order: The Minnesota Senior Federation at (877) 645-0261, ext. 124, and the United Health Alliance at (866) 633-7482.

This report does not imply the endorsement of AARP.

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