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Prescription Assistance is Available

Many people have difficulty affording health care, including prescription medicines, but there are assistance programs available.

Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged & Disabled (PAAD)

The PAAD program helps eligible seniors and individuals with disabilities save money on their prescription drug costs.

You may be eligible for PAAD if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are a New Jersey resident
  • You are age 65 or older or between ages 18 and 64 and receiving Social Security Title II Disability benefits
  • Your income for 2023 is less than $42,142 if single or less than $49,209 if married.
  • Medicare-eligible PAAD beneficiaries are also required to enroll in a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan.

For more information, call 800-792-9745 or learn more.

Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program

The Senior Gold Prescription Discount Program helps eligible New Jersey residents pay for prescription drugs, insulin, insulin needles and syringes and needles for injectable medicines used for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

You may be eligible for Senior Gold if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are a New Jersey resident;
  • You are age 65 or older or between ages 18 and 64 and receiving Social Security Disability benefits;
  • Your annual income for 2023 is between $42,142 and $51,142 if you are single or between $49,209 and $59,209 if you are married.
  • In addition: All Medicare-eligible Senior Gold beneficiaries are also required to enroll in a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan of their choice.

For more information call 800-792-9745 or learn more.

Nonprofit Prescription Assistance Programs

Needy Meds

Needy Meds helps people afford their medications and other healthcare costs. Needy Meds provides a free printable drug discount card that can provide savings on prescription medications. For more information, call their helpline at (800) 503-6897.

The Medicine Assistance Tool

The Medicine Assistance Tool helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them - free of charge. Many patients will get their medications at no cost or at discounted prices. To learn more visit their website


RxAssist helps individuals find information about free and low-cost medication programs through their database search

Retail-Specific Prescription Savings Program

Walmart Pharmacies provide many prescriptions for $4.00 for a 30 day supply. For a complete list of medications, click here.

Compare prices before you buy

N.J. Prescription Drug Retail Price Registry helps consumers compare the retail prices charged by many pharmacies for the 150 most frequently prescribed prescription drugs. By comparing prices, consumers can see what a pharmacy has reported it charges for a specific prescription drug. Comparing the prices listed in this registry will help a consumer find the pharmacy in his or her area with the lowest retail price for a specific prescription drug.

To use this registry, consumers need to know the name and dosage of the medication, its dosage, and their town or zip code. To learn more and access the registry, visit the website or call 800-242-5846.

Pharmaceutical Companies Provide Assistance

A number of pharmaceutical companies are trying to help ease the burden of prescription medications. Many of these programs are designed with income eligibility requirements and are only for those without prescription insurance coverage, however some make allowances for people who are facing medical or financial hardships. See if a specific medication is associated with any assistance programs. Contact pharmaceutical companies directly or visiting their websites for more information.

For additional Prescription Expense Assistance, search local programs.

County Wellness Discount Programs

Several NJ Counties have prescription discount cards available to county residents. The following counties offer prescription discount cards:


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