The C.A.R.E.S. Pharmacy Network
Half of Medicare beneficiaries have incomes less than $23,500 and have limited savings (1). The National Council on Aging reported that one in three Americans age 65 and older is economically insecure which means they are lacking the resources needed to meet basic food, housing, and medical needs (2). Many seniors and adults with disabilities qualify for, but are not yet enrolled in, assistance programs that could help them pay for medical care and medication costs. These assistance programs include Medicare Savings Program, Low-Income Subsidy or Extra Help, and SenioRx Program. This could be because they are not aware of the availability of these programs, or the complexity of the application process.
The C.A.R.E.S. Pharmacy Network was formed in 2015 to help address this problem. It is endorsed by Alabama Department of Senior Services and managed by Harrison School of Pharmacy. The primary goal of the network is to create an efficient and effective referral system from the pharmacy network members to the local Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) that will help screen for eligibility for assistance programs.
To be a pharmacy member of the C.A.R.E.S. Pharmacy Network, a pharmacy must have at least one full-time pharmacist who completed the C.A.R.E.S. continuing education program (link to the CE page). Network members will “Identify & Refer” Medicare beneficiaries to ADRCs for thorough screenings for eligibility for various publicly available programs that the ADRCs coordinate. Qualified individuals will be assisted by the ADRC in the application process.
C.A.R.E.S. Pharmacy Network members will receive a referral kit from the Program as well as branding items to signify the C.A.R.E.S. Pharmacy Network membership. Pharmacy membership in the Network may be renewed annually. For the list of C.A.R.E.S. Pharmacy Network members, click HERE.
Watch an Introduction to the C.A.R.E.S. Pharmacy Network below.
If you are interested in being part of the C.A.R.E.S. Pharmacy Network and the C.A.R.E.S. CE program, please fill out the form HERE.
- Medicare at a Glance. Kaiser Family Foundation, September 2014, available at http://kff.org/medicare/fact-sheet/medicare-at-a-glance-fact-sheet
- Benefits Access Facts. National Council on Aging, available at https://www.ncoa.org/news/resources-for-reporters/get-the-facts/benefits-access-facts/
Last Updated: February 21, 2017