Pennsylvania prescription drug assistance programs.

Pennsylvania offers low to moderate income residents a variety of ways to get help with any medications they need. There are programs that offer free prescription drugs or that can provide significant savings. The resources focus on assisting struggling families as well as those who lack the proper health insurance. State of Pennsylvania programs as well as non-profit strive to provide the community with free or discounted generic or brand name medications as listed below.

PACE and PACENET Prescription Assistance

Both of these plans provide very extensive coverage and prescription coverage to older Pennsylvanians. So they focus on assisting senior citizens, retirees, and the elderly. The assistance program will help pay for most prescription medications, including syringes, insulin needles, diabetes, and insulin.

The programs do have some limits in place. For example, the PACE will do not pay for or cover medical equipment, over-the-counter medicines, doctor, dental, vision, or hospital visits or services. However there are many positives to this resource. Just one benefit is that there are no application fees or ongoing monthly costs to enroll in the program. Dial 1-800-225-7223.

PACE Plus Medicare in Pennsylvania

This is a program that was created for the purpose of assisting residents who are now enrolled into Medicare Part D. It works by converting the state’s various existing drug assistance plans into a new and improved supplemental program that wraps around the currently existing private Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. It is a government run service.




PACE Plus Medicare gives the Pennsylvania state government the authority to act as a representative for both its PACENET and PACE assistance plan enrollees. There is support given in matters relating to overall Medicare Part D plans. Both new enrollees as well as long term beneficiaries may be qualified for PACE Plus.

This is a service that enrolls the beneficiaries into the existing government Medicare Part D plans, it will help pay for a limited portion of Part D premiums, and the plan will also assist with applying for lower income subsidies. This will give the resident a discount, and the state will help people save money. It will support anyone that may need additional assistance on behalf of both PACE and PACENET assistance program members. (717) 787-7313.





NACo Prescription Drug Discount Card

In addition to the state resources referenced above, most county governments in Pennsylvania offer the NACo prescription discount card. Both insured and uninsured families can use this free card. It is aimed at saving consumers a significant amount of money on any medications they may need.

Pennsylvania has a partnership with Caremark/CVS, which allows the state to provide this free, simple discount card that can help save an average of 22% off the retail cost of prescription medication. To sign up there are no forms to fill out, no enrollment fees, no income or age requirements, and there are no medical condition restrictions. The process is quick and simple to follow.

In addition, your entire family is covered by the plan with just one prescription discount card. So discounts are passed on to the entire household. Thousands of pharmacies in Pennsylvania accept the card. Last, but not least, almost all commonly prescribed medicine is covered as part of NACO and is eligible for a discount.

Pennsylvania Patient Assistance Program Clearinghouse (PA PAP)

This is a service in which the state coordinates with drug manufacturers as well as medical companies in administering their patient assistance programs. What occurs is that many pharmaceutical companies offer lower priced medications for families and individuals who meet specific income qualifications. The applicant will also have limited income and means available to them. They can’t otherwise have access to necessary long-term medications to meet their health care needs.




While not all manufacturers participate, and not all drugs are covered, The Pennsylvania patient assistance programs is another great choice to look into. It can help with cancer medications, insulin, immunizations, and much more. Click here to learn more on PAP, or call 1-800-955-0989 to apply.

Vaccines for Children Program

This Pennsylvania prescription drug program is only for children from low income households, and it only pays for immunizations. There may be free shots given for conditions including influenza, pneumococcal, measles, tetanus, the flu and more.

The state works with community clinics and doctors to distribute the medications. There will be no cost involved for those that qualify. The person seeking help will need to inquire into a local health center. Or they can ask their doctor about the VFC program. Or dial 877-724-3258.

Pennsylvania Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program

There are two versions of this. One will provide discounts (or even free prescription drugs) to those with a mental illness, including schizophrenia. The second options will help HIV as well as AIDs patients in Pennsylvania. Applicants can’t be eligible for medications. The patient may be given either generic or brand name drugs, and this will depend on income, the treatment needed, and other factors. Phone 717-772-6228.

There are many other resources available in the region, both from non-profits as well as the government. Locate a variety of other assistance programs in Pennsylvania.



By Jon McNamara

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