The Senior Rx and Disability Rx Program is Nevada’s state pharmaceutical assistance program designed for elderly and disabled individuals. This program provides financial assistance for prescription drugs for Medicare eligible Nevada residents. Individuals must enroll in a Medicare Part D plan (Medicare’s prescription drug plan), which will enable them to receive assistance for the monthly premiums.
This program is managed by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services and is funded by the proceeds from the tobacco settlements with the state. It is intended as a financial supplement to Medicare Part D. It assists participants in paying the monthly premiums for their Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage Plan with Part D (MA-PD).
Persons who are eligible for full Medicaid or 100% Medicare Extra Help (less than 100% is OK) are not eligible for this program.
To be eligible for the Senior/Disability RX program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Residency – Candidates must be legal residents of Nevada.
- Age – Elderly, non-disabled applicants must be a minimum of 65 years of age. Disabled persons 18 and older are eligible for this program, given they are eligible for Medicare.
- Income – As of July 1 2022, for widowed, divorced or otherwise single applicants, the annual income limit is set at $33,152, which is equal to $2,762.66 per month. For married couples or two-person households, the annual income limit is $44,193, equal to $3,682.75 per month. Even if a spouse is not applying for the program, their income must be included on the application. Readers should be aware the income limits change annually, but not at the start of the year. Instead, revisions occur in July.
- Medicare Eligible – Persons must be eligible for Medicare and be enrolled in a Medicare Part D Plan (PDP) or a Medicare Advantage Plan, including Part D (MAPD).
- Medicaid Ineligible – Applicants cannot be eligible for full assistance from Medicaid or Medicare’s Extra Help. If a senior’s income qualifies them for either of these programs, they should apply. Oftentimes, Extra Help and Medicaid cover more out-of-pocket costs than the Senior Rx Program.
Benefits and Services
This program provides financial assistance for Medicare Part D premiums. As of 2022, as much as $37 a month can be paid toward Part D premiums. There is no charge to participate in this program.
How to Apply / Learn More
Interested Nevada residents can visit the Nevada Senior Rx website or call their toll-free number at (866) 303-6323 (option 2) to learn more. To apply, one can download an application or visit their local Aging & Disability Services Division. Proof of income, a copy of one’s Medicare card, a copy of one’s Nevada driver’s license or identification, and a copy of one’s Part D plan or Medicare Advantage card must be supplied during the application process.
There is no wait list for this program. Eligibility is generally determined within 30-45 days from the date the application is received. It may take an additional 30-90 days to begin receiving benefits.
Nevada seniors who are eligible for the Senior RX program might also be eligible to receive assistance to help them remain living in their homes. Read about the COPE Program.
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.