Indiana seniors can now save even more on the cost of their prescription drugs, as new discounts went into effect June 1 for the State's prescription drug program, Hoosier Rx.
Seniors who use Hoosier Rx will receive a 75 percent discount on the cost of medications, up from 50 percent. In addition, eligible seniors can now receive up to $1,200 in prescription drug discounts. The program will also coordinate with the new Medicare-Approved Drug Discount Cards, allowing seniors to use benefits from both meaning an additional saving of up to $1,200 in Medicare to almost every Hoosier Rx recipient.
With more than 19,000 seniors statewide using the program, the Hoosier Rx Drug Card has proven its popularity, mostly because it's easy to use. When a senior uses the card, it immediately informs the pharmacist that the persons is eligible for the discount. The state's goal is to enroll 30,000 seniors by June 2005.
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration secretary Cheryl Sullivan stated, "This is a critical change for the Hoosier Rx program. There are numerous seniors in the State of Indiana who are in need of prescription drug assistance and the new Medicare benefit may not be enough to cure their mounting prescription drug costs.
"It is our duty at FSSA to ensure seniors stay healthy, active and independent, and seniors should know that Hoosier Rx is there to help with their medication bills."
To be eligible for the Hoosier Rx program, a senior must be 65 or older, be an Indiana resident, not having prescription drug coverage through an insurance plan or state's Medicaid program; and receive a monthly income that does not exceed $1,068 for a single person and $1,426 for a married couple. Seniors can sign-up for the Hoosier Rx Drug Card by calling toll-free to request an application at 1-866-267-4679, or by printing one from the Web site at:
or by asking for an application from their local pharmacy.