Page Reviewed / Updated - August 06, 2010
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 Drugs 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. There are no costs to enroll in either of these programs.
To be eligible for the DEL Program, persons must meet the following criteria:
RX Plus Program
To be eligible for RX Plus, persons must meet the following criteria:
Unlike the DEL program, the RX Plus program does not consider one’s assets.
The DEL Program pays for 80% of a senior’s out-of-pocket drug costs after Medicare Part D or other insurance coverage. Eligible medications include those that treat Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and many other conditions.
The Maine RX Plus Program offers discounts off the purchase price of brand name and generic drugs. For generic drugs, discounts are offered up to 60%, and for brand name drugs, discounts are offered up to 15%.
Maine residents can learn more about these programs or apply for assistance by contacting their local Area Agency on Aging. Alternatively, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Pharmacy Unit provides some additional information on their new prescription drug portal. One can also download an application here.