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Department of Aging Golden Buckeye Program FAQs

To get answers to questions about using your Golden Buckeye card to save on prescriptions drug purchases, visit the Ohio's Best Rx Web site.

The Golden Buckeye Card

How old do you have to be to get a Golden Buckeye Card?

To be eligible for a Golden Buckeye Card, you must be an Ohio resident age 60 or older OR an adult resident (age 18 to 59) with a permanent and total disability (as defined by social security).
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I thought the age for a Golden Buckeye Card was 55. When did it change?

The minimum age of eligibility for a Golden Buckeye Card has been 60 since 1985. Prior to that (from the program's launch in 1976), the minimum age was 65. From 1985 to 1988, the Golden Buckeye Card partnered with the Southwestern Bell Silver Saver card, which was available to folks 55 and older, but the age of eligibility for Golden Buckeye was still 60.
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How do I apply for a Golden Buckeye Card?

We automatically mail Golden Buckeye Cards to Ohio residents with a current Ohio Driver License or ID Card in or before the month of their 60th birthdays. If you have a license or ID card, but do not automatically receive your Golden Buckeye Card, it may be because your address on file with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles is incorrect. If that is the case, call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to provide the correct information and request your card be re-sent. If you do not have a Driver License or state ID card, or if you did not receive your card for unknown reasons, you can apply for a Golden Buckeye Card at most senior centers and public libraries. Please bring with you proof of age. Sorry, but we cannot accept applications or requests for Golden Buckeye Cards online or by phone.
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I did not receive my Golden Buckeye Card when I turned 60. How do I get one?

Call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to verify your mailing information. You also may apply for a card at most senior centers and public libraries.
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What will you accept as proof of disability for a Golden Buckeye Card?

To prove eligibility for a Golden Buckeye Card due to disability, we need one of the following documents:

  • a Medicare (not Medicaid) card;
  • SSDI acceptance documentation; or
  • a copy of a document certifying permanent and total disability issued by any state department, Ohio public employee retirement system (STRS, PERS, etc), or any federal retirement system.

We are unable to accept any other form of proof of disability, such as a letter from your doctor.
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Can I apply for a Golden Buckeye Card online?

No. State law requires validation of age or disability status in order for us to issue a Golden Buckeye Card. This can be done only in person. You may apply in person at most senior centers and public libraries.
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Can you send me a Golden Buckeye Card application?

No. State law requires validation of age or disability status in order for us to issue a Golden Buckeye Card. This may only be done in person. You may apply in person at most senior centers and public libraries.
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I applied or called for a new or replacement Golden Buckeye Card but I have not yet received it. What should I do?

You should receive your card in six to eight weeks after your application is received. If you have not received your card in this time period, call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours and ask for the status of your application.
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My Golden Buckeye Card application was faxed but I have not yet received it. What should I do?

You should receive your card in six to eight weeks after your application has been faxed. If you have not received your card in this time period, call toll-free 1-800-422-1976 during normal business hours and ask for the status of your application.
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My card was lost or stolen. How do I get a new one?

Call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to request a replacement.
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I need to change my name on my Golden Buckeye Card. How do I do this?

Call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to request the change.
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The name on my Golden Buckeye Card is wrong. Can you fix this?

Call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to request a corrected card.
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Where I can use my Golden Buckeye Card?

Look for the Golden Buckeye Card logo on doors, windows and at the cash register. If you don't see our logo ask if they offer a Golden Buckeye Card or senior discount.
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Can you send me a list of businesses?

Do to the large amount of participating businesses throughout Ohio, we do not mail out a list of businesses. You can find participating businesses on our website by using the Participating Business Search lookup.

Also you can find participating pharmacies at the Ohio's Best Rx website.

If you do not have access to a computer, you can view the list of partitipating business and pharmacies on line by visiting your local library and senior center.
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The Ohio State Parks online reservation system will not accept my Golden Buckeye Card number. What can I do?

The Ohio State Parks reservation system may not work with older Golden Buckeye Cards. Call toll-free 1-866-301-6446 during normal business hours to request an updated card with a new member number.
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Should I report businesses that no longer honor the Golden Buckeye Card or that have gone out of business?

We rely on businesses to let us know when they close or stop honoring the Golden Buckeye Card, but many do not. If you find a business in our list that is closed or no longer honors the Golden Buckeye Card, please contact us to report it.
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