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SD DSS - Rx Access (Medication Assistance)

 

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Rx Access is administered by the Division of Adult Services and Aging.

Rx Access helps people gain access to drug company assistance programs which supply prescription medications at low or no cost. In addition, a pharmacist will review all medications a person is taking and may consult with a person's doctor if necessary.

Rx Access does not:

      Pay for medications.

      Reimburse past medication expenses.

It is important to take medications exactly as prescribed. Not being able to afford needed medications can affect how you take them. Failure to follow your doctor's instructions can result in serious illness, hospitalization, nursing home placement or even death.

Eligibility

You may be eligible for Rx Access if you meet the following requirements.

      You must be a South Dakota resident.

      You are age 19 or older.

      You have no prescription drug coverage through private insurance.

      You do not qualify for any state assistance programs for prescription drugs.

      You have a low income and assets. You must be within the following income and asset guidelines to be eligible for the Rx Access Program:

 

Income Guidelines (in 2006)

Single Person:

$18,000 yearly

Couple:

$24,000 yearly

 

Asset Guidelines:

(Example: checking/savings accounts, stocks, bonds, CDs, annuities, etc.)

Single Person:

$8,000

Couple:

$12,000

 

Applying

To apply for assistance from Rx Access, you must complete an application form and certify to the truthfulness and accuracy of income and resource information.

To apply, go to:
http://www.state.sd.us/social/ASA/RxAccess/RxApp/RxForm.htm

The drug manufacturer has the final authority regarding approval of your application. The Rx Access Program cannot guarantee that you will receive the medication you requested free of charge. The assistance provided by the drug manufacturer is generally intended to be temporary. The drug manufacturer's program may be limited by available funding and may be modified or discontinued at any time.

Not all prescription medications are available. Some drug manufacturers do not have an indigent patient program.

Source:

http://www.state.sd.us/social/ASA/RxAccess/index.htm

http://www.rxaccess.sd.gov/

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South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS)

Welcome and Introduction to the South Dakota Benefits Information System


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