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Affordable Medicine Options for Seniors Program

Last Revised: Nov 07, 2013 - Initial Posting: Nov 30, 2007
Purpose

The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee created the Affordable Medicine Options for Seniors Program to help elderly and disabled residents of Knox County, Tennessee to get assistance they need from Medicare and other prescription drug coverage.

Description

AMOS Program BrochureThe Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) established  Affordable Medicine Options for Seniors Program (AMOS) as part of the agency’s Office on Aging services.  AMOS helps seniors and disabled individuals apply for available assistance to reduce the cost of their prescription medicines or obtain medications that they cannot otherwise afford - AMOS brochure.

AMOS is staffed by a Program Manager and trained volunteer advisors who do research, provide information, and help complete application forms.  AMOS is part of the National MedicareRX Volunteer Initiative.  Volunteer opportunities include doing Internet research for seniors, office work, conducting intake, interviewing and advising consumers.  Scheduling of the volunteers' time is flexible.  Volunteers receive training (see Training Handbook - Table of Contents) and are asked to commit to at least six months of service, three hours per month.

Information and services are provided through telephone and face-to-face advising sessions.  AMOS helps people understand and access available support through various resources, including Medicare Part D assistance, the Low Income Subsidy – Medicare Extra Help, and free name brand medicines available through drug manufacturers.  The following information on Rx assistance programs is included in the Virtual CAP’s posting for the Prescription Assistance Service Program/RxOklahoma:

Together RxAccess        Partnership for Prescription Assistance        Rx Hope

A Senior Services Directory published by CAC provides a range of helpful information including a summary of Medicare benefits.  Awareness of prescription assistance programs is promoted using public education presentations and articles that appear in publications such as this example from CAC’s Elder News & Views with information on the The Extra Help/Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) program.

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage

The Official Medicare Website features essential information on Prescription Drug Coverage including:

MyMedicareMatters - NCOAThe National Council on Aging sponsors a MyMedicareMatters that features:

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage - AARP InfoAARP’s web site features a Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Guide.

Outcomes

CAC has compiled data for AMOS on Success Indicators FY 2007:

  • 1,223 individuals received information through AMOS
  • 639 received general information only
  • 584 received general information and advising
  • An estimated 528 of the 584 advisees reduced their prescription drug expenses and/or obtained medicines that they had been skipping because they could not afford to buy them
  • 1,241 people attended presentations or exhibits offered by AMOS
  • 96 health care and other professionals were trained by AMOS

AMOS Program Success StoryThe AMOS portion of CAC’s Annual Report for FY 2007 includes additional details on the types of activities and accomplishments carried out through the program, as well as an AMOS Success Story

Contact

David Holden, AMOS Program Director
865.524.2786