"RHODE ISLAND PHARMACEUTICAL ASSISTANCE TO THE ELDERLY (RIPAE)"

The RIPAE program pays some of the cost of RIPAE-approved prescription medications during the deductible phase and offers partial reimbursement for RIPAE- approved medications to enrollees who enter the “donut hole” of their Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Medicare Part D). Rhode Island residents 65 and older who meet certain income limits and provide proof of Medicare Part D coverage, and adults age 55 to 64 receiving Social Security Disability (SSDI) payments, may be eligible.

Depending on income, the RIPAE program pays 60, 30, or 15 percent of the cost of prescription drugs used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, diabetes (including insulin and syringes for insulin injections), heart problems, depression, anti-infectives, Parkinson’s Disease, high blood pressure, cancer, urinary incontinence, circulatory insufficiency, high cholesterol, asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions, osteoporosis, glaucoma, and prescription vitamins and mineral supplements for renal patients.

RIPAE also offers limited coverage for the cost of all eligible prescription drugs used to treat Multiple Sclerosis. Only FDA-approved medications (except those used to treat cosmetic conditions) are covered under RIPAE and are eligible for reimbursement in the “donut hole” of Part D plans.

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