February 11, 2003
The National Council on the Aging (NCOA) recently launched a comprehensive, Web-based service to connect older adults with over 240 public and private prescription savings programs covering nearly 800 prescription drugs.
BenefitsCheckUpRx is a free, confidential screening tool that is a major expansion to NCOA's BenefitsCheckUpRx Web site. To date, BenefitsCheckUpRx has provided seniors with more than 820,000 eligibility reports for federal and state benefits programs.
By visiting BenefitsCheckUpRx, older Americans, their families and caregivers can now quickly determine what prescription savings programs a senior qualifies for and how to claim them. Once users complete a brief questionnaire, the service displays a personalized report specifying all the programs they are eligible for and detailed instructions on how to enroll.
"We know that millions of seniors can't afford all the medications they need and far too many are skipping doses or not filling prescriptions," said James Firman, president and CEO of NCOA. â€œBenefitsCheckUpRx is the first and only Web-based program allowing seniors to find out which of the over 240 programs can help them save money on their prescriptions.â€
"The Administration is committed to giving seniors far more information about all of their health benefits. BenefitsCheckUpRx is another great tool in helping seniors become more educated consumers," said Thomas Scully, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
BenefitsCheckUpRx provides comprehensive information on approximately 30 state-funded pharmacy programs, each state's Medicaid program, and 116 company-sponsored patient assistance programs, among others.
The development of BenefitsCheckUpRx has been supported by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Lucent Technologies/Avaya/Agere Family Care Development Fund and FJC-A Foundation of Donor-Advised Funds.