Foundation helps seniors afford drugs
The Rite Aid Foundation is distributing more than $90,000 in prescription CareCards to help eligible seniors pay for prescription medications with the help of United Way, the Senior Center of Elk Grove and the Sacramento Interfaith Service Bureau. El Dorado County senior citizens may obtain an application from the Department of Community Services by calling (530) 621-6150 in Placerville, (530) 573-3490 in South Lake Tahoe or (800) 510-2020.
Each CareCard is worth $100 toward the purchase of prescriptions at any Rite Aid pharmacy. To qualify, adults must be at least 60 years old, not covered by a supplemental insurance plan that pays for prescription medication or currently receiving Medi-Cal.
“It is estimated that as many as 15 million people aged 65 years and older have incomes too high to qualify for drug coverage under Medi-Cal, but too low to fill the prescriptions they need and still have money left to buy groceries for the week. As a result, many times their illnesses go untreated,” said Mary Sammons, president of the Rite Aid Foundation, which is launching the program in eight cities this year. “The goal of the foundation is to make it a little easier for seniors to afford their medications.”
The Rite Aid Prescription CareCards can be used through June 30, 2003, at Rite Aid stores only. The card is not transferable and can only be used for the purchase of prescription drugs that are not covered by any insurer, government program or prescription discount card.
A second card may be issued after the first car has been used up. The Rite Aid Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to helping people in the communities where Rite Aid stores do business lead happier healthier lives.
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