Prescription drug assistance programs in North Carolina.


This is a prescription drug assistance program to help those North Carolina residents who are enrolled in a participating Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. NCRx will pay up to $29 of your monthly premium and can offer financial aid for paying prescription drugs and medical bills. To be eligible for this plan you must already be enrolled or will soon enroll in a federal government supported Medicare Prescription Drug Plan that participates with the North Carolina NCRx program.

NACo Prescription Drug Discount Card Program

This is a discount card that was created to help all North Carolina families, whether you have health insurance or not. The card is free and there are no monthly fees. It is easy to participate in the program. The NACo prescription discount card is accepted by over 59,000 thousand pharmacies across the country and other drug providers fully support it as well. Just present your card when you check out at a pharmacy and you can receive medicines at a discounted rate. The prescription discount card will help save consumers an average of 22% off the full retail cost of their prescription medication, and consumers will always receive the lowest possible price for their medicines. It is not an insurance policy, and there are no conditions that need to be met by applicants.

North Carolina ADAP

This is an AIDS Drug Assistance Program that provides assistance to those with HIV, limited incomes, and that have no other health insurance coverage, or limited coverage. It can provide free medications and vaccinations to help HIV positive patients.

North Carolina Medication Assistance Program

This is a grant program that is fairly wide ranging. It was initially created in an effort to help residents who are in the so called donut hole of Medicare Part D, and assistance can also be provided to others who lack insurance and who are under the age of 65.





Over the last several years tens of millions of dollars have been paid out to patients as a part of the Medication Assistance Program (MAP). The funds in effect will pay for the medical needs of uninsured, low income families, and even patients who have insurance but their plan does not cover all of their needs. Millions of dollars of free or low cost medications are passed out by MAP every year.

It relies heavily on donations from the community and also drug manufacturers. The program also works closely with charities and faith based organizations across the state. As resources are limited, not all applications will be able to be fulfilled. However, over the years the Medication Assistance Program has assisted tens of thousands of uninsured and struggling families in North Carolina. Call (919) 981-5000

Senior Care

This will help the elderly and senior citizens find and apply for free drug programs that are offered by pharmaceutical manufacturing companies.  Community based organizations across the state will help seniors apply for patient assistance programs and other resources.

In addition, at one point in time Senior Care offered residents a traditional prescription drug benefit under which the state of North Carolina paid for 60% of the first $1,000 of the beneficiaries cost. Funds can pay for insulin, diabetes medications, insulin and other needed prescription drugs. What tends to be covered are costs that are involved in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiovascular conditions, and diabetes. The reason these are the focus is because they are some of the most common conditions that seniors in North Carolina are facing and some studies show that almost 75% of seniors and elderly in North Carolina are impacted. As indicated, funding for this particular program is fleeting. When it does operate and has funding , seniors who do not have health insurance and whose income was less than 200% of the Federal Government Poverty Level may be eligible for aid.

Locate and receive aid from other North Carolina assistance programs.



By Jon McNamara

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