Seniors with Limited Incomes Should Apply for Medicare's Extra Help
Seniors with limited incomes are being urged to apply for extra help in paying for their prescription drugs. The extra help becomes available in January 2006, but in many cases it is not automatic and seniors must apply, aging advocates say.
Beginning in January 2006, more than 14 million people with Medicare who have limited incomes may start to receive extra help from the government that will pay for between 85% and 100% of their prescription drug costs, according to James Firman, president of the National Council on the Aging.
But Firman said at least seven million of these people will not get this help automatically, so they must apply for it. "People with Medicare who have limited incomes will be substantially better off with this coverage," Firman said.
"We call on community groups and family members to help Medicare beneficiaries with limited incomes to learn about and apply for the extra help," Firman said. The Access to Benefits Coalition (ABC) is dedicated to ensuring that Medicare beneficiaries with limited incomes know about and can make the best use of all available resources for reducing the costs of prescription drugs, including the extra help available through the Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (starting in 2006).
Coalition members share an interest in helping millions of people with Medicare likely to be eligible for this extra help (including both those aged 65 and over as well as younger persons with disabilities who qualify) find the prescription savings they need to maintain their health and improve the quality of their lives.
(Article courtesy of ConsumerAffairs.com)
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