Seniors Take Advantage of Medicare Meeting
The small group met at Hy-Vee to find out how Medicare members will benefit from a new prescription drug coverage that starts in January 2006.
The program will cover people 65 years old and over, and those with certain disabilities. Eligible people found out how to apply for the extra help.
"I felt like I can learn more by coming in here and asking questions," said Medicare recipient Mary Jean Girvin.
Organizers told the group that the average premium would be about $33 a month. Then, if a patient spends $100 a month on drugs, he gets $50 back. Those who spend $3600 dollars a year on drugs will pay $2 to $5 for a co-pay.
"With this program, [people] who are what I call on a higher low-income level are going to get assistance that have never had assistance before because their income was not way high but not low enough," explained claim counselor Diana Brady.
People who attended the meeting said it was a good opportunity to meet and share a constructive breakfast.
"I am glad I came," Girvin said. "We had a good visit anyway and it is good being around other people. It is nice to see a young person here and there."
The enrollment period for the Medicare drug plan starts between November 15 and December 31 of this year. Those who apply late will have to pay penalties.