Benefits & Prescription Drug Assistance

Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (B.E.S.T.)
Tool to learn if you qualify for benefits offered by the Social Security Administration (e.g. Disability, Medicare, Survivor benefits, Prescription Drug Assistance)

Drug Digest
Consumer health & drug information to help consumers make informed choices about drugs & treatment options (drug library, interactions, comparisons).

Information on prescription drugs programs.
Also includes information and advice for those who have private insurance:
Information on over 1,000 grant programs and approx. $400 billion in annually awarded Federal grants.
Searches for State and Federal Government benefits programs by “Life Event” (e.g. needing benefits because of retirement, becoming sick or disabled, death of a loved one, becoming a parent, affected by a natural disaster, losing a job, etc.) and by “Category” (e.g. Social Security Disability Benefits, Medicaid, Veterans Prescriptions Services, etc.).  Includes map of U.S. to click on each state.
Information about the Affordable Care Act.

Lilly Cares Foundation (Eli Lilly), Patient Assistance Programs
Donates free medication to patients and agencies worldwide.

U.S. Government site that provides information to people with Medicare.

Medicare Access for Patients-Rx (MAPRx)
Coalition of patient, family caregiver & health professional organizations to assist patients with chronic diseases and disabilities.

Mental Health Services Locator
Search by state (by clicking on map of U.S.) to find lists of mental health services and directories, resource guides, and other mental health related programs.

National Council on Aging “BenefitsCheckUp”
Helps people age 55 and over find programs that may pay for some of their costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other items and services.  A National Council of The Aging service.

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) – Patient Assistance Programs
Medical Assistance Program assists uninsured or under-insured individuals in securing life-saving or life-sustaining medications.  Eligible programs & medications are listed.

Needy Meds

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Assists patients without prescription coverage to obtain medications (information on 475 patient assistance programs & 150 pharmaceutical company programs).

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA)


Social Security Online – Help with Prescription Drug Costs
SSA resources and other programs that assist with prescriptive drugs costs.

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services
Links and information on Grants & Funding, Resource Locators,  Diseases & Conditions, Aging, Safety & Wellness, Drug & Food Info, Policies & Regulations, Reference Collections, Disasters & Emergencies, Families & Children, etc.


When prescribed or over-the-counter medications are expired or no longer needed, it is important to dispose of them properly to avoid harm to others and the environment. Please read the websites below, conduct research and learn about other “take back” programs, and speak to your local pharmacist for information about safe, proper and eco-friendly disposal.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Take-Back Initiative
Facilitates safe and proper disposal of unwanted or expired medications to reduce the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, and increase awareness of this critical public health issue.  Includes a “Collection Site Locator” map to find collection sites near you.

Get Smart About Drugs
Information and videos to help prevent prescription drug abuse and information about proper disposal of unused over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – Safe Disposal of Medicines
Information about safe disposal of over-the-counter and prescription medicines.

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