Florida Prescription Drug Assistance Programs

Low income residents, families with children, and people with limited or no health insurance have access to several programs in Florida that can offer them low cost or free prescription medications. There are both generic as well as name brand drugs available along with discounts and rebate plans. The programs that are available in Florida are noted below.

Sunshine for Seniors in Florida program

This prescription assistance program helps eligible seniors along with retirees. The applicants need to be classified as 60 years of age or older. The program  will help these individuals enroll into various health care and insurance programs that help with the cost of paying for prescription drugs.

To qualify for the Sunshine for Seniors program, the applicant can't have insurance coverage for their prescription drugs. So this means the senior citizen can’t be covered by Medicare, a pension plan, or private health insurance policy. Dial (800) 963-5337 for more information, and this will put you in touch with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs Helpline, who currently administer the Sunshine service.

Florida prescription discount drug card

All residents are eligible, regardless of income, age, or household size. There are no restrictions and the card is free to sign up for as well as use. The total savings depend on the type of medicate as well as pharmacy used. The Florida Discount Drug Card can help all patients save money on their prescription medications.

To learn more about the discount card, which can save people up to 30% on their medications, call the toll-free number (866) 341-8894 to apply. As noted it is free to Florida residents, and there are no restrictions on its use.

The Assistance Fund

If you have either state of Florida or federal government sponsored health insurance, but if you can't afford the co-pay for specialty medications that qualify as being needed for life threatening illnesses or certain chronic conditions, then do not hesitate to call the toll-free number (877) 245-4412. It can help pay for some of those very costly but needed prescriptions.





The list of drugs changes. Call to learn which medications are covered by the Assistance Fund, as if you illnesses qualifies you can get help in paying for the prescription medications.

Free children vaccinations

The program is run in partnership with local clinics as well as medical centers. There may be some minimal office visit costs involved as well as co-pays due, but this really depends on the clinic. The vaccinations as well as prescriptions are for conditions such as hepatitis, influenza, measles, pneumococcal, Diphtheria, mumps pertussis, polio, tetanus, the Flue, and many others. The state of Florida as well as non-profit agencies partner together on this service. Telephone number is 800-483-2543.

Florida KidCare (SCHIP)

Uninsured children in Florida can get low cost, yet high quality and affordable health, medical care and insurance, as well as prescription medications, from Florida KidCare. The CHIP program is made up on four main parts, which include the Children’s Medical Services (CMS) Network, MediKids, and Healthy Kids for those children with special health care needs, and Medicaid for other children in Florida. It is even for parents that already have some other form of insurance. Call 1-888-540-5437.

Florida Medicaid

Both the federal government and the state of Florida have partnered together to create this service. Most of the beneficiaries are very low income or living in poverty. It is the government insurance program that provides health as well as other medical insurance coverage for selected categories of low to moderate income people in Florida.

The disabled can also often benefit from Medicaid, as it can help pay for some of their prescription drugs. So the state of Florida program will support people with low incomes or who are classified as working poor. The focus is on those individuals and families who have no other resources or access to medical care or prescriptions.

AIDs and HIV patients

The Disease Control & Health Protection administers the ADAP -  AIDS Drug Assistance Program. It distributes prescription medications to low income patients. All of the items will be FDA approved. It is for applicants with incomes under 400% of poverty levels and/or that lack prescription drug coverage. Call 800-352-2437.





State of Florida Medicare Savings Programs

This will generally support families that qualify for public aid from the Florida Department of Children and Families. It helps pay for some of the costs of Medicare, ranging from Part A to B or D. There will still be co-pays required from the client, but the program helps offset some of the costs involved. Dial 866-762-2237 for more details.

Charities and non-profits can also help. In addition to these prescription and medical assistance programs, get information on Florida community clinics, which can also help with other medical needs. They offer check ups, rebate cards, medications to the uninsured, and more.


By Jon McNamara

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