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Aug. 26, 2005

County Offers Assistance with Medicare Part D Prescription Benefit

The Oswego County Office for the Aging has scheduled a series of meetings to help people who receive Medicare benefits better understand the changes in Medicare prescription drug coverage that will take effect next January.

Medicare beneficiaries will receive letters and informational materials from Social Security and Medicare explaining this new aspect of Medicare.

"It is our goal to address the confusion Medicare beneficiaries may encounter when trying to sort through the information regarding Medicare Part D and to help direct them to make a choice that best suits their needs," said Larry Schmidt, director of the Oswego County Office for the Aging.

The new Medicare Part D will offer a variety of prescription drug coverage plans. The estimated monthly premium is $32. There are several requirements for deductibles and co-payments. Open enrollment for the new plan starts Nov. 15, with coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2006. People who do not enroll before May 15, 2006 will be required to wait until next November to enroll and will pay a higher monthly premium.

Informational meetings are scheduled for the following senior citizen groups:

  • Fulton Senior Club: Sept. 8, 6 p.m., Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St.
  • Williamstown Senior Club: Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m., William H. Britton Community Center, 2901 Co. Rt. 17.
  • Central Square Senior Club: Sept. 13, 1:30 p.m., Hastings Fire Department, U.S. Route 11.
  • Scriba Senior Citizen Club: Oct. 17, 12 p.m., Scriba Town Hall, 42 Creamery Road.

"The Social Security Administration is offering assistance to help cover the costs of the monthly premiums, deductible, and co-payments," said Schmidt. "Contact the Oswego County Office for the Aging to help determine if you qualify for the extra help."

For more information on Medicare Part D or the low-income subsidy, call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE, the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or the Oswego County Office for the Aging, 349-3484.

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