For Nicola Jackson, how to stretch her family’s tight budget often boils down to choosing between paying for the prescription drugs she needs to stave off head-splitting migraines or buying groceries. Medicare doesn’t cover all the costs for her medications to treat fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and nerve damage, leaving Jackson to scrape for dollars each month in her constant battle to afford prescription drugs.

“I know I still have a bill, but what am I going to do?” Jackson, a Cherokee County resident, said in a recent interview. “If it wasn’t for my faith, I tell you, sometimes it gets real tough.”

Jackson isn’t alone in her struggle to pay for prescription drugs in Georgia. Many Georgia residents are left to scratch and claw to cover out-of-pocket drug costs, all while having no clue as to why medication costs are on the rise. Georgia is among the highest spending states in the U.S. when it comes to prescription drugs and out-of-pocket costs, according to national researchers.

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