2005-11-23 / Front Page

Educational campaign started for new prescription drug plan

A new educational campaign is underway to encourage area seniors to begin signing up for the new prescription drug benefit.

Senior citizens interested in learning more about the benefit are invited to attend a special forum being hosted by U.S. Representative Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence.

The forum will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at the Harlem Road Community Center.

The new benefit, known as Medicare Part D, is part of the Medicare Modernization Act, which was passed by Congress in 2003.

“These forums provide seniors with opportunities to find out what plans best suit their needs,” Reynolds said. “This new benefit will be a great help to our seniors, and I am glad to be able to help provide answers to any questions through these forums.”

The plan is set to begin on Jan. 1, he explained.

“All Medicare beneficiaries, regardless of income, are eligible for the new prescription drug coverage, which will provide seniors with substantial discounts on the prescription drugs that help keep them healthy,” he said.

Like other types of insurance, the Medicare prescription drug plans will have monthly premiums, an annual deductible and a co-payment for the cost of prescriptions.

The benefit will pay for both name-brand and generic drugs, and offers a choice of up to nine providers in the Western New York area.

Seniors can begin signing up either online through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) web site at http://www.medicare.gov or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE.

“The choice of plans is entirely up to the beneficiary. Seniors will have the freedom to choose the one that best suits them,” he said.

For more information contact Reynolds’ office in Williamsville at 634-2324.

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