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Low-income seniors can save on drugs

Medicare enrollees may qualify for up to $600 in credit toward drug purchases for the remainder of 2005. With a Medicare-approved drug discount card, the low-income recipients can enroll and use the credit for all of this year.

Local counselors for California’s Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program want to alert those making less than $12,569 a year or couples making less than $16,862 that they are eligible. Those who sign up by the end of March can get a $600 credit. Beginning April 1, the amount drops to $450. If a person meets the income standards, there is no cost for the discount card.

There are two ways to sign up: Phone Medicare at (800) 633-4227 and ask for “Drug Card,” or go to a local pharmacy and tell the pharmacist you are applying for a free drug discount card and the $600 credit program. Pharmacies have the necessary applications.

Check to see if the card offered will provide the medications that you need. Except for a small co-pay, drugs are provided free until the credit limit is reached.

For more information, call the advocacy program at 273-2273.

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