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The following organizations and Web sites provide resources and information for consumers across the country related to prescription plans and many other topics.
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is a well-known membership organization for American seniors that provides information and assistance on a variety of topics. AARP’s Web site has valuable prescription medication information and resources for consumers of all ages. These resources include watchdog reports on various legal and political issues, an outline of Medicare Benefits under several scenarios and senior benefit guides for prescription plans. AARP also offers its members savings on prescription medications and consumer tips to help lower prescription costs.
For more information, visit AARP on the Web at http://www.aarp.org/legislative/prescriptiondrugs/
HelpingPatients.org is an informational Web site provided by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and member companies. This site is designed to help consumers, health care providers, and doctors find patient assistance programs that may aid the patient. Patient assistance programs are designed to help patients receive assistance in acquiring their prescribed medication. HelpingPatients.org supplies consumers with the information they need to get involved in a program and offers downloadable application forms to assist in the process. This online service is completely confidential and free to all users.
Beginning in 2006, Medicare began offering prescription medication coverage to seniors who choose to participate. Information on the Medicare Prescription medication coverage plan can be found at http://www.medicare.gov/medicarereform/drugbenefit.asp.
Medicare also provides a downloadable Medicare Handbook, "Medicare and You." The Medicare Handbook contains thorough and helpful information about the program. "Medicare and You" can be found at http://www.medicare.gov/publications/pubs/pdf/10050.pdf.
For more information, visit http://www.medicare.gov/.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human. You can learn more about the programs online at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/.