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Overview of The RI Department of Elderly Affairs’ RIPAE Program

The Rhode Island Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Elderly (RIPAE) program provides prescription drug cost assistance to Rhode Island residents 65 and older who meet specific income guidelines and those 55 and older who are disabled.

With the new Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, starting January 2006, RIDEA will be helping to better meet the needs of its RIPAE members.

Important Facts

  • RIPAE is not a substitute for Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage. RIPAE covers less than the standard Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Plan.
  • In most cases, Extra Help plus Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage will offer significantly better coverage than the RIPAE program.
  • To be eligible for RIPAE in 2006, you must re-apply.

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