Prescription Help

Help With Prescription Drug Costs

Help is available to lower your prescription drug costs. Call the Senior LinkAge Line® - One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors at 1-800-333-2433 or go to www.MinnesotaHelp.info® to link to an expert.

Senior LinkAge Line® is:

  • The statewide information and assistance service of the Minnesota Board on Aging. 
  • Receives a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to be the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) for Minnesota to help Medicare beneficiaries get help with all Medicare questions and issues. 
  • Helps Medicare beneficiaries of all ages understand and enroll in their Medicare Prescription Drug plans (Medicare Part D) to get the prescriptions  needed to live healthier lives.
  • Available to help you review all options and apply to get, free or discounted medications if you have limited income or insurance.  
  • Can help you learn about Medication Therapy Management to keep you safe and healthy when taking medications.
  • Your link to statewide prescription drug expense assistance for Minnesotans of all ages.
  • Your connection to specialists who can provide you with personalized help to reduce your prescription drug costs.

www.MinnesotaHelp.info®

  • Use the website to find Prescription Expense Assistance services without having to call someone. 
  • If you need help while looking, chat with a Senior LinkAge Line® specialist who can help you find other information of help to reduce your medication costs. 

Medicare Part D Program Information

The Medicare Part D began in January 2006 and was created to help people pay for their prescriptions. The costs and companies who offer Medicare Part D coverage change every year. Below is that explains what these changes mean.

 

 

2013

2014 

2015 

Deductible
A deductible has to be paid by you before your
Part D plan pays out. Please note that not all
Part D plans have a deductible.  

 $325

 $310

 $320

Initial Coverage Limit
After the deductible is met, you pay 25% of
covered Part D costs up to total prescription
costs meeting the initial coverage limit.

 $2,970

 $2,850

 $2,960

Amount of Coverage Gap
(this is also called the Donut Hole)

 $3,763.75

 $3,605

 $3,720

Out of Pocket Threshold
This is your total out-of-pocket costs
including the donut hole.

 $6733.75

 $6,455

 $6,680

After Reaching Gap in Coverage
(Donut Hole) Discounts

 52.5% discount on brand name drugs

 52.5% discount on
brand name drugs

 55% discount on
brand name drugs

 

 21% discount on
generic drugs

 28% discount on
generic drugs

 35% discount on
generic drugs

Additional information about each Part D plan available in Minnesota can be found in Health Care Choices for Minnesotans on Medicare.

Medical Assistance (Medicaid) in Minnesota

Medical Assistance is a health care program for people with limited income and assets. For information about coverage for medications covered under Medical Assistance, go to http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/id_006921 or find your local county human services agency online

You can also call the DHS Member Help Desk by calling 651-431-2670 or 1-800-657-3739 

MinnesotaCare

MinnesotaCare is a program for Minnesota residents who do not have access to affordable health care coverage.  For information about medications covered under Minnesota Care, go to http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/id_006926 or find your local county human services agency online.

You can also call the DHS Member Help Desk by calling 651-431-2670 or 1-800-657-3739.

MNsure

MNsure is Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace that offers health plan coverage choices that include prescription drug coverage for people without Medicare.  If you are age 65 or older and have Medicare, MNsure is not an option for you. If you do not have Medicare and want more information about MNsure plans that cover medications, go to https://www.mnsure.org/learn-more/qualified-health-plans.jsp or call the MNsure Contact Center at 1-855-366-7873

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs

The website of the Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports, that has information about the safety and cost of medicines. Go to Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs webpage for more information

  • Contains Best Buy Drug Reports separated by condition and drug name and category.
  • Includes Money Saving Guides
  • Learn how to have a discussion with your physician about the medicines that give you the most value for your money.

Get connected to the Senior LinkAge Line® One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors by calling 1-800-333-2433.

Medicare Choices

The Medicare-Choices email list is designed to help health insurance counselors, volunteers, attorneys, providers, consumers or other interested parties find resources, receive up-to-date information about Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage, Medical Assistance, Minnesota Long-term Care Partnership or other related public or private benefits.

This one-way email communication is a project of the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Senior LinkAge Line® which is also the Minnesota State Health Insurance Assistance Program for Minnesota (SHIP). This email service is informally moderated by staff at the Minnesota Board on Aging.

Subscribe to the Medicare Choices one-way email communication list.

Medicare Info

The most significant change to the Medicare program, since its enactment in 1965, began on Jan. 1, 2006. Medicare now has a prescription drug benefit (Medicare Part D). In the fall of each year, all Minnesotans with Medicare receive information about the Medicare Part D program and the Annual Open Enrollment Period for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans. Agencies, organizations and people that work with Minnesotans with Medicare will want to be kept apprised of the latest Part D information and its effect on Minnesotans with Medicare.

To facilitate the exchange of the most current information, the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Board on Aging established an informational email list to subscribe to in order to receive the most accurate, up to date news about Medicare Part D Minnesota and other related Medicare topics.

Subscribe to the Medicare Info one-way email communication list.