For many people, once we get older, healthcare costs start to stack up. This can be especially difficult because many plans don’t cover vision care.
However, there are several programs you may be able to take advantage of that can help you save on expenses. (Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post to learn more about getting free trials for certain medical equipment!)
Federal and State Assistance Programs:
A joint state/federal program that can help people with limited income and resources receive help for medical costs.
2. Medicare Savings Programs
States have Medicare Savings Programs (MSP). These help people pay premiums and deductibles along with other expenses like coinsurance, copayments, and prescription drug costs.
The Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly helps people meet health care needs within their communities. It is a Medicare/Medicaid program.
4. Supplemental Security Income
People who are disabled, blind, 65 or older, and who have limited income and resources may qualify for extra benefits.
Prescription Medication Discount Programs:
Use the AARP Prescription Discount Card (through OptumRx) to save an average of 61% on FDA-approved generic, brand name, or specialty drugs.
Costco members can save up to 80% on prescriptions with the Costco Member Prescription Program
7. CVS Pharmacy
Sign up for the CVS ExtraCare program and get personalized coupons, up to 2% back from everyday purchases, and $5 ExtraBucks Rewards when you fill 10 prescriptions.
Subscribe to the Prescription Savings Club for $15 per household per year and receive discounted coverage for certain generic drugs.
Save up to 50% on FDA-approved drugs at a network of pharmacies that includes CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Target, Safeway, and Kmart.
10. Rite Aid
Join the Rite Aid Rx Savings Program to save 20% on both brand name and generic prescription drugs and receive extra discounts at Rite Aid with your Rx Savings Card.
Join Walgreens Prescription Savings Club to save on brand-name and generic medications. Save 10% at Walgreens Healthcare Clinic and 5-20% on immunizations.
Walmart Pharmacies carry generic and brand name medications at a low cost. You can even get $4 refills on some medications.
Vision Care Savings Programs:
13. American Optometric Association
The AOA partners with other organizations to help people receive the care they need. See if you qualify.
14. Lions Clubs
This organization provides financial assistance for eye care through local clubs. Find organizations in your area.
15. New Eyes
New Eyes allows patients to apply for an eyeglass voucher, though only social service agencies and health advocates can apply on an individual’s behalf.
You may be able to receive free eye care if you get a referral from a local charitable organization. Learn more here.
17. Portable Oxygen Free Trial
If you use an oxygen concentrator, you know how difficult it can be to travel with. Fortunately, newer models are more portable and lightweight than ever. Some manufacturers offer a free two-week trial of portable oxygen concentrators. (Plus, this equipment may be covered by Medicare!)