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FACT SHEET

RHODE ISLAND PHARMACEUTICAL ASSISTANCE TO THE ELDERLY

RIPAE


 

 

 

WHO QUALIFES FOR RIPAE:
The Rhode Island Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Elderly (RIPAE) program pays a portion of the cost of RIPAE-approved medications purchased during the deductible phase of a Medicare Part D plan and may offer partial reimbursement to enrollees who enter the “donut hole” of their Medicare Part D plan. Rhode Island residents 65 and older who meet income guidelines (listed below), must provide proof of age, proof of RI residency, and Medicare Part D enrollment verification.  Adults with disabilities ages 55-64 who receive Social Security Disability (SSDI) payments may be eligible and must provide proof of RI residency,

SSDI eligibility documentation, and Medicare Part D enrollment verification.

 

 

Annual Income Levels for RIPAE members 65 and older for FY2015:

Level

Single Person

Married Couple

State Pays

Member Pays

One

$0 to $22,432

$0 to $28,042

60%

40%

Two

$22,432 to $28,159

$27,574 to $35,211

30%

70%

Three

$28,159 to $49,372

$34,623 to $56,320

15%

85%

 

 

Annual Income Levels for RIPAE disabled RIPAE member age 55 to 64 for FY2015:

Level

Single Person

Married Couple

State Pays

Four

$0 to $48,547

$0 to $56,320

15%

 

INCOME CALCULATIONS:

In determining eligibility for RIPAE, all sources of income (taxable and non-taxable), and Social Security benefits are considered.  Applicants may exclude all medical and pharmaceutical expenses that exceed three (3) percent of their annual income, if necessary, for eligibility, or to increase their eligibility level. The income guidelines for RIPAE are increased each year, beginning July 1, in accordance with the Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).

 

CATEGORY A MEDICATIONS:

Category A medications include those used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions, cancer, circulatory insufficiency, depression, diabetes (including insulin syringes), glaucoma, heart problems, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, urinary incontinence, anti-invectives, as well as prescription minerals and vitamins for kidney patients. Also, a limited allocation is available to help cover the cost of injectable prescription drugs used to treat Multiple Sclerosis.

 

CATEGORY B MEDICATIONS:

Category B medications cover all FDA-approved prescriptions not listed in Category A, except for medications prescribed for cosmetic purposes.

 

OTHER BENEFITS:

Such as a discount on telephone bills and extended cable television rates, free entrance into state beaches and extra time for vehicle emissions testing, are also available to Level One RIPAE members only.

 

TO ENROLL IN RIPAE OR TO OBTAIN MORE INFORMATION;

 

Contact the RI Department of Human Services, Division of Elderly Affairs

at 462-3000 (Voice) or 462-0740 (TTY), website www.dea.ri.gov or

THE POINT at 462-4444 (Voice) or www.THePointRI.org