POSTED: Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 10:04pm
Baton Rouge, LA — The Division of Administration (DOA) released a list of programs and resources that are available to assist elderly residents with discount pharmacy services. The list was compiled by the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs, the Department of Health and Hospitals and local community organizations. DOA issued the information to clear up misconceptions discussed in today’s Appropriations Committee meeting. No pharmacy assistance to residents is being reduced.
The Senior Rx program reduction does not affect direct delivery of healthcare services. Senior RX does not provide direct care services, but instead serves as a coordination medium to provide other program and enrollment information. These programs are still available and a list of these programs, as well as additional resources to receive pharmacy discounts, is attached and can be accessed online at http://www.gov.state.la.us/assets/docs/PrscrptnAsstPrgrm2.pdf  and will be linked through the Office of Elderly Affairs website at http://goea.louisiana.gov/ . The office can also be reached by calling 225-342-7100, and is ready to assist any resident who needs direction on obtaining information for all pharmacy assistance programs statewide.
Commissioner Kristy Nichols said, “Pharmacy programs that were coordinated through Senior Rx are still available for senior citizens across the state. The Office of Elderly Affairs, working with local Councils on Aging, will be able to connect those seeking assistance to the best pharmacy program for their needs – and this resource guide is a great way to inform residents on the local level of the services available to them.”
The current proposed budget protects the formula funding for Councils on Aging and senior centers, maintaining this funding at $7.7 million in the proposed budget to ensure senior citizens have access to programs that help them obtain medication. Discount pharmacy services for elderly residents are also currently provided through DHH’s Patient Assistance Program, in behavioral health clinics, federally qualified health centers, and local non-profit organizations across the state.