Prescription Drugs

Published: Jan. 21, 2003 at 10:40 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2003 at 6:51 PM CST
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Now that they're retired, Charles Snow and his wife Eleanor wish they could spend their savings traveling.

But instead, they're spending it on their prescription drugs.

"The cholesterol medicine and the others I take, I couldn't give up any of them and maintain a quality of life," says Eleanor.

They're not particularly sick, just the normal problems that come with aging like arthritis, chest pain, and high cholesterol. Yet they spend at least $250 a month on medicine. That's because unlike private insurance, traditional medicare doesn't cover prescription drugs.

Congress is trying to find a way to include the benefit, but in the meantime, an estimated 12-million seniors have no help. But there are hundreds of drug discount programs currently out there, it's finding them that can be hard.

Now a new web site from the national council on aging has at least 240 key programs in one place, and filling out one form tells you which ones you qualify for, and how to apply.

All you do is go to the web site and fill out the form.

Any medicare beneficiary who doesn't have insurance and who has an income of less than $28,000 for an individual or $38,000 for couple will find at least one program to save them money.