Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program

The Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program (SPDAP) is a subsidy program established by the Maryland General Assembly in 2005 to provide financial assistance to moderate-income Maryland residents who are eligible for Medicare and are enrolled in a prescription drug plan.

Helps lower the cost of outpatient prescription drugs for Maryland residents.  

SPDAP will pay up to $25 per month for Medicare RX Prescription drug plan premium.

Many figures used to calculate Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program (SPDAP) benefits are revised annually by Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), the state agency that administers the program. These figures are usually updated in response to changes in the Federal Poverty Levels and can be found in the  Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 31.17.04.1 through 31.17.04.8.  Note that this program allows you to deduct certain amounts from your household income when determining your financial eligibility for benefits.

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Eligibility: 

Individuals must be:

  • a resident of Maryland for at least 6 months,
  • eligible for Medicare,
  • enrolled in a Medicare approved Medicare Rx or Medicare Advantage prescription drug plan.

Income Eligibility: 

Have household income below 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Standards and  those not eligible for the Full Federal Extra Help as determined by the Social Security Administration:

Individuals: $33,510 per year, or $2,792 per month

Couples: $45,390 per year, or $3,782 per month

Effective for year 2012, published in the Federal Register January 2012.

Asset Eligibility: 

There are no asset limitations for this program.

Apply at: 

To apply for the  Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program, contact at 800-551-5995. You can also download an application here.  Once you fill out the form, you mail it to:

Maryland SPDAP
c/o Pool Administrators
628 Hebron Avenue
Suite 212
Glastonbury, CT 06033 

Appeals: 

To appeal a decision denying enrollment in the program, a written request for reconsideration must be made to the Grievance Committee within 90 days of receiving the Denial Letter. All written requests must state the specific reasons why the decision should be reversed, and should include a copy of the Denial Letter.   The Grievance Committee has 14 days from receipt of a letter to make a decision and 7 days to send the decision.

Source of Funds: 

Maryland state funds

Sources of Law: 

State Regulation: COMAR 31.17.04.01 to 31.17.04.08

State Statute: MD. Code Insurance § 14-511 to 14-515 (On each page, click the "Next" link to move ahead to the next section, and the "Previous" link to move back to the previous section.)

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