MONTGOMERY — The Alabama SenioRx Program is celebrating its tenth anniversary this month.  Although some counties have been operating a prescription assistance program much longer, the SenioRx program began operating statewide in 2002.

 Since inception, the program has helped Alabamians save over $245 million in prescription drug costs. It is operated by the Alabama Department of Senior Services through the 13 Area Agencies on Aging.  Volunteers and local coordinators help seniors and individuals with a disability apply for drug assistance programs provided by pharmaceutical manufacturers.       

 “Taking your medication exactly as directed by your doctor is extremely important.  If you are having trouble paying for your medication please know that help is available.  You should not have to choose between buying your medicine and buying groceries,”  Neal Morrison, Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Senior Services, said.

 To qualify for free prescription drugs, you must be at least 55 years of age with chronic medical conditions, have no prescription drug insurance coverage and your income must be at or below the income limit: $1,862 a month for an individual or $2,522 a month for a couple.  Individuals who have been deemed disabled by Social Security are also eligible for medication assistance at any age while they are in the 24-month Medicare waiting period.

 If you are interested in learning more about the SenioRx program or to apply for free prescription medication, call your local Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-AGE-LINE (1-800-243-5463) or visit www.alabamaageline.gov/seniorx.cfm.

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