Maine Drugs for the Elderly or Disabled (DEL) and Maine RX Plus Programs

Program Descriptions
The state of Maine offers two prescription assistance programs for its residents. Both programs offer financial assistance to participants though they each offer different amounts of assistance and have different eligibility requirements. The Low Cost Drug for the Elderly and Disabled Program is more commonly referred to as the DEL Program and it is designed for disabled or elderly individuals with very low incomes. The Maine RX Plus program is intended for low to middle income individuals and families.
Eligibility Guidelines
DEL Program Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for this program, seniors must meet the following criteria:
  • 62+ years old
  • Maine Resident
  • Qualify medically for Social Security Disability
  • Income limit is 185% of the federal poverty level. In 2013, for an individual this limit is $21,257 and $28,694 for a couple. There is an exception to the income limit for persons whose prescription costs exceed 40% of their total income.

Maine RX Plus Program Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for this program, seniors must meet the following criteria:
  • Maine Resident
  • There are no age requirements.
  • Income limit is 350% of the federal poverty level. In 2013, for an individual this limit is $40,215 and $54,285 for a couple.
Benefits and Costs
The DEL Program will pay for 80% of a senior’s out-of-pocket drug costs after Medicare Part D or other insurance coverage.

The Maine RX Plus Program offers 15% - 60% discounts on the purchase price.

There are no costs to enroll in either of these programs.
Contact Information / How to Apply
Maine residents can learn more about these programs or apply for assistance by visiting their local Area Agency on Aging. Alternatively, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Elder Services webpage provides some additional information. Finally, information is also available on the toll free number at (866) 796-2463.

Page Reviewed / Updated - Jan. 2013
The state of Illinois has two programs designed to provide financial assistance to the elderly to help them purchase their prescription drugs. Rx Basic is for individuals without Medicare insurance and the Rx Plus is designed for those on Medicare.

Rx Plus is known as a Medicare wraparound program which means the benefits wrap around those benefits provided by a Medicare Part D plan. When making a prescription purchase, Medicare Part D is the first payer and then this program contributes towards those costs the Part D plan does not cover.