LIMESTONE COUNTY - Millions of Americans who take prescription drugs have seen an increase in cost over the past year.
The Limestone County Council on Aging is a department of the Limestone County Commission. The group has a prescription assistance program that helps senior citizens receive critical medication.
"They wouldn't be on the medication if they didn't need it, so if they can't afford it, there's a problem. We run into a problem so that's what we're here for, to assist them in getting that medication," said Carla Sims SENIOR Rx ship coordinator.
The Limestone County Council on Aging is helping low income adults get life saving prescription drugs free of charge.
"SENIOR Rx program is a state funded program and it's where older adults 55 and older who either don't have prescription coverage, or they have inadequate coverage can get help with free or reduced cost medication," explained Susan McGrady Director of Limestone County Council on Aging.
To qualify for SENIOR Rx you must be disabled or meet a certain income requirement.
"It's a little bit above $24,000 a year for a single individual, a little bit above $32,000 if it is a couple. So as long as you're in that income category, you don't have prescription coverage or you fell into the gap with the Medicare Part D you can still get assistance,” said Sims.
Just last month alone the program helped Limestone County residents save thousands of dollars. "We saved 10 people over $28,000 just in the month of September,” McGrady said.
The council says the money saved on prescriptions allow people a better quality of life.
"Then they're able to buy basic things, pay their rent have extra money for utilities buy groceries, things like that."
If you are 55 and older and qualify for the SENIOR Rx program call (256) 216-3896 to apply.
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