The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 11, 2013

RX for Oklahoma available for uninsured, underinsured

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Community Development Support Association wants to help you with your prescriptions.

A program called RX for Oklahoma is available through CDSA, and director Angelica Berry wants to increase its use.

CDSA is sponsoring registration days Friday and Saturday, so people can come to the CDSA office in The Non-profit Center, 114 S. Independence, and apply for the program, although people may come in anytime if they can’t make the two registration days.

Registration times will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

CDSA serves Region 1 in the state, which includes 16 counties in northwest Oklahoma and the Panhandle, including Garfield, Grant, Noble, Kay, Kingfisher, Blaine, Major, Alfalfa, Woods, Dewey, Woodward, Harper, Ellis, Beaver, Texas and Cimarron counties.

RX for Oklahoma assists residents, regardless of age, who are uninsured or underinsured. Medicare Part D and Medicaid beneficiaries may be eligible, said Cheri Ezzell, executive director of CDSA.

CDSA staff will help people complete registration forms. The process takes about a month and only long-term medications qualify, Berry said. Nearly 1,700 prescriptions and $1 million were provided to Oklahomans in Region 1.

“Many people have been helped and millions of dollars have been spent, but not many in Region 1,” Berry said.

Last year, Region 1 reported 300 people assisted out of 15,000-25,000 eligible.

There are certain questions to be answered during registration, and Berry said it is a great help to people who have no insurance or not enough insurance.

“We hope to increase to over 300. It will fill a major need in the region,” Berry said.

The program is meant for anyone who is income eligible. Many pharmacy companies offer indigent programs, but the registration information varies between companies.

To apply for the program, people must bring proof of age, residential address, gross annual household income, complete list of medications being taken, physician information and insurance coverage, if applicable.

Berry said she thinks people are not aware of the program.

“We will continue to try to reach out to potential clients in need of our services. The program helps save Oklahomans from the stress of how to pay for their needed medications,” Berry said.

The statewide toll-free number is (877) RX4OKLA, and the website is www.rx4