Healthy Vermonters & VPharm - Vermont State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs

Page Reviewed / Updated - Feb. 2016

Program Description

The state of Vermont currently offers two different pharmaceutical assistance programs: Healthy Vermonters and VPharm.   VPharm requires participating seniors to be enrolled in Medicare Part D, Healthy Vermonters does not.    Healthy Vermonters offer discounted prescriptions without monthly premiums and VPharm charges monthly premiums but offers steeper discounts on medications. 

 Program Confusion - In past years, VT offered several other prescription assistance programs.  Information about these programs can still be found on many websites.  These programs were Vermont Health Access Plan (VHAP-Pharmacy), VSCRIPT and VSCRIPT Expanded and they are no longer relevant.

Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible for these programs, seniors must meet the following criteria:

Healthy Vermonters

  • Be a Vermont resident. There is no length of residency clause.
  • Have no prescription insurance coverage or have maxed out their coverage benefit for the year
  • Have annual income of less than 400% of the federal poverty level.  In 2016, this is less than $47,520 if unmarried, widowed or otherwise single persons and $64,080 if married or a two-person household.


  • Be a Vermont resident.  There is no length of residency clause.
  • Be aged 65 or older
  • Must have Medicare Part D, but cannot have other prescription drug insurance
  • Have annual income of less than 225% of the federal poverty level.  In 2016, this is less than $26,730 if single and $36,045 if married.


Benefits and Services

VPharm pays for Medicare Part D plan premiums and prescription co-pays.  Healthy Vermonters offers discounted prescriptions without monthly premiums. 


How to Apply / Learn More

These programs are administered by Department for Children and Families, Agency of Human Services. To apply or learn more, visit their webpage.

Did You Know?  Vermont ranks in the Top 5 healthiest states for aging.  Go Green.


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.