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If you are an active-duty service member, reserve member, retired uniformed armed services member, family member or survivor, check to see if you are eligible for low cost or free drugs. The three programs to consider are:

  • The Veterans Administration provides low-cost prescription drugs to honorably discharged veterans. 
    • To find out if you qualify for the VA drug program, fill out a form 1010EZ which is available at offsite link. Then take a copy of the completed form and a copy of your DD214 to a local VA hospital, enrollment section. They'll let you know if you qualify.
    • For general questions about the VA coverage of prescription drugs, call 877 222 8387.
  • CHAMPVA (for family members of a veteran who has a permanent disability or who died in the line of duty or due to a service-connected disability: offsite linkor Tel. 877.222.8387) 
  • TRICARE (for active-duty service members, reserve members, retired uniformed armed services members, their families and survivors: offsite link or Tel. 800.538.9552).  People who qualify for TRICARE can obtain medicines for for very little money through the National Mail Order Pharmacy. There is no enrollment for Tricare. Participants only need to have a military identification card.
    • Drugs are ordered by completing a Patient Profile Registration form and sending in the money.  Forms are available at offsite link or by calling 800.903.4680.
    • It is also possible to purchase drugs under this plan from a local pharmacy if the pharmacy participates in the TRICARE network. Cost is higher when purchasing drugs through a TRICARE related pharmacy.
    • Drugs are free if you go to a military treatment facility pharmacy. 

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