Together Rx Expands Eligibility Criteria, Responds to Challenging Economic Times
March 19, 2009
Alexandria, Va. -- Together Rx Access®, a prescription savings program sponsored by many of the nation's leading pharmaceutical companies, announced today that it has expanded the Program's eligibility income levels to help even more uninsured individuals and families save on the medicines they need to stay healthy and to manage chronic conditions. Under the new income levels, nearly 90 percent of uninsured Americans will now be eligible for the Together Rx Access Program.
"Millions of individuals around the country have been impacted by job reductions, salary cuts, or the loss of health benefits, specifically prescription coverage, adding to the already soaring uninsured population in the United States," said Roba Whiteley, executive director of Together Rx Access. "By expanding the Program's income levels, the Together Rx Access member companies are responding to the needs of hardworking Americans during these challenging times."
The enhanced income levels for which individuals are eligible for the Together Rx Access Program is now:
Over the past 12 months, the unemployment rate in the United States has risen by 3.3 percent,* which by some estimates, may result in more than three million additional Americans without health insurance.1 Results from a recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey, conducted in February 2009, showed that 53 percent of American households have cut back on healthcare due to cost concerns in the past 12 months. One in five (21 percent) surveyed say they have not filled a prescription, and one in six (15 percent) say they have cut pills in half or skipped doses to make their prescriptions last longer.2
"Prescription medicines offer people with chronic diseases and disabilities a chance to live a more normal life. With today's uncertain economy, that possibility is quickly snatched away as more and more people face the loss of a job or health benefits," said Myrl Weinberg, President, National Health Council, which provides a united voice for the more than 125 million Americans with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers. "The decision by Together Rx Access to expand the eligibility criteria to help those without health insurance and in need of medicines keeps that chance to live longer and feel better a concrete possibility."
In addition to meeting the expanded income levels, individuals must be legal residents of the United States or Puerto Rico, and have no public or private prescription coverage, or qualify for Medicare, to be eligible for the Together Rx Access Card. The Card is free to get and free to use.
Together Rx Access offers potential cardholders a simple enrollment process. Individuals have the option of enrolling online at TogetherRxAccess.com, calling a toll-free number 1-800-966-0407, or completing a short application and returning it by mail. All enrollment materials, including the Together Rx Access website, are available in English and Spanish.
"Together Rx Access is the only multi-manufacturer program offering its cardholders immediate access to savings on hundreds of brand-name and generic medicines used to treat many common conditions, such as asthma and diabetes," added Whiteley. "Proof of the success of this unique model is the fact that the Program has more than 1.8 million cardholders, and thousands enroll each week. Those who have used their Together Rx Access Card have saved over $80 million on their prescription medicines."
* U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/. Accessed 3/06/09.
1. Kaiser Family Foundation: http://www.kff.org/charts/042808.htm. Accessed 2/12/09. Accessed 2/12/09.
2. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: http://www.kff.org/kaiserpolls/upload/7866.pdf Accessed 2/25/09.
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This article was provided by Together Rx Access.
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