RIPAE is not a substitute for Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage. RIPAE covers less than the standard Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Plan. In most cases, Extra Help plus Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage will offer significantly better coverage than the RIPAE program.
The Rhode Island Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Elderly (RIPAE) program provides prescription drug cost assistance to Rhode Island residents 65 and older who meet specific income guidelines and those 55 and older who are disabled.
The program is open to all residents of the state of Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island Rx Card is the statewide prescription assistance program available to anyone living or working in the state. Everyone is eligible to receive savings through this free program and there are no applications, no restrictions and no eligibility requirements.
The Rhode Island Rx Card is now working with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and the Rhode Island Medical Society to create awareness for the program. The program was launched in March 2009 to offer assistance to the uninsured and underinsured. Program directors, along with the Greater Providence Chamber, are creating awareness statewide by establishing distribution sites with clinics, hospitals and other organizations. The RIRX Card can also be used to discount prescription medications that are not covered by insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Residents can save up to 80% on most brand and generic medications, with an average savings of 30%.
Residents can print a free pre-activated card, locate participating pharmacies, and search drug pricing by visiting www.RIRX.com. Those not able to obtain a hard card can visit any CVS/pharmacy in Rhode Island and ask to have their prescription processed through the program. The Rhode Island Rx Card is accepted at over 68,000 pharmacies nationwide including CVS/pharmacy, Walgreens, Rite-Aid and Walmart.
With today's cost of health care, the Rhode Island Rx Card is your simple solution to the high cost of prescription medications. To print a pre-activated card, locate a nearby participating pharmacy, and even search drug pricing, simply visit the website at www.rhodeislandrxcard.com.
free or at a reduced cost
The following groups may can qualify for RIte Care: families with children - with annual family income up to 180% of federal poverty level (FPL), children [up to age 19] - with annual family income of up to 250% FPL, pregnant women - with annual family income of up to 250% FPL. If an applicant applies for and is determined eligible for Medical Assistance and if his employer (or spouse's employer) offers a DHS-approved health plan, then the applicant will be enrolled in RIte Share. If the employer does not offer an approved health plan or if the employee is not eligible to receive it then the applicant will be enrolled in RIte Care.
RIte Care provides families on Rhode Island's TANF Program (Rhode Island Works) and eligible uninsured pregnant women, parents, and children up to age 19 with comprehensive health coverage. Families receive most of their health care through one of two participating Health Plans: Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island or United Healthcare of New England.