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State Pharmacy Assistance Programs

The cost of prescription drugs can create financial burdens for many older Americans, particularly those with low incomes. To ease the financial burden of prescription drugs for this population, a number of states have implemented pharmacy assistance programs that are designed to help the non-Medicaid low income population to obtain the medications they need but cannot afford. For each state that has a drug assistance program, this 23-page Issue Paper by David Gross and Sharon Bee of the Public Policy Institute, describes: (1) target population and income eligibility requirements; (2) coverage levels; (3) reimbursement policies; and (4) enrollment.