Kansas City, Mo. - With the price of nearly everything going up, many Kansas Citians, especially those on fixed incomes, are really feeling the financial squeeze.
In fact, just like in the Kansas City area, many seniors across the country are having to choose whether to buy food or medication.
And it isn't just seniors struggling to afford their medications. Many low-to-moderate income families are skimping on their prescriptions due to rising costs.
Luckily, the Kansas City area is home to a number of pharmacies that are giving consumers access to affordable prescription drugs -- some as low as $4 (or even free under certain conditions).
Walmart was the first major pharmacy to introduce $4 prescriptions. And there are lots of Walmart pharmacies located in Kansas City, as well as throughout the surrounding metro area.
Walmart offers a 30-day supply for a wide range of generic medications that cover numerous medical conditions. For example, antibiotics, diabetes, and blood pressure medications, just to name a few.
2. Sam's Club
The Walmart-owned discount wholesaler Sam's Club also offers some $4 medications for Club members and free prescriptions on select medications for Plus members.
However, the catch is you have to be a Sam's Club member in order to gain access to their low-cost prescription drugs.
Not to be outdone by Walmart, another major player in Kansas City's pharmacy space, Hy-Vee, offers a 30-day supply of generic drugs starting at $4.
And unlike Sam's Club, there are no membership fees to access these low-cost medications.
Furthermore, there are a lot of Hy-Vee pharmacies around the Kansas City metro.
4. Pharmacy of Grace
The last pharmacy on this list does not operate like a for-profit business.
Instead, Pharmacy of Grace, which recently opened in Kansas City, Ks, is a nonprofit on a mission to help the uninsured and underinsured gain access to affordable prescription drugs.
The nonprofit pharmacy funds its mission through donations from the public.
And unlike the other options mentioned above, they don't sell prescriptions at a set price like $4. Instead, every effort will be made to help low-income individuals and families gain access to the medications that they need.
So, if you meet the income guidelines, you might end up paying a nominal fee for a critical prescription you need filled, or you might even get it filled for free.