Sunday, December 03, 2006

Booklet Details Low-Income Drug Subsidy Benefits

(HealthDay News) -- A national campaign has been launched to reach about 3.25 million modest-income older Americans who are eligible for Medicare Extra Help with prescription drugs but have not yet signed up for the program.

As part of the campaign, a free information booklet is being offered by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and the American Association of Retired Persons.

Extra Help -- also called low-income subsidy (LIS) -- is a benefit paid for by Medicare to help people with limited incomes and resources pay their monthly premiums, yearly deductible, and co-payments for medicines under the Medicare prescription drug plan.

A special enrollment period, through Dec. 31, 2006, is being offered by Medicare to beneficiaries who quality for Extra Help but didn't apply before the original May 15, 2006 deadline.

"This campaign has one very simple goal -- to reach the millions of modest-income Americans of all backgrounds and regions of the nation who are eligible for Medicare prescription drug assistance and don't know it," Dr. Jane L. Delgado, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, said in a prepared statement.

"We need the help of local health care providers, community leaders, elected officials, and the media across the nation to ensure this information gets to those who can benefit from it," she said.

More information
Medicare beneficiaries can get the free information booklet by calling the National Alliance for Hispanic Health at 1-866-783-2645.

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