St. Vincent Clay Hospital (SVCH) has planned an outreach and education effort for Medicare beneficiaries and their families about the recently enacted Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit.
Though St. Vincent Clay Hospital can not enroll Medicare recipients or direct their enrollment, SVCH believes that there is a need to educate beneficiaries about their choices and deadlines.
SVCH will be hosting a program on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Clay County YMCA. The speaker will be Bette Lindley from the Area 7 Agency on Aging and Disabled.
It has been reported that the new federal program will save beneficiaries about 50 percent on the cost of their prescription drugs.
Beneficiaries who qualify for the low-income subsidy will save substantially more -- about 95 percent.
Enrollment began November 15, 2005, and continues until May 15, 2006. The program itself began January 1, 2006.
"It is important that Medicare beneficiaries and those eligible for Medicare take the time to find out more about this new drug benefit," said Jerry Laue, Hospital Administrator. "Families should carefully evaluate which plan will provide their loved ones with the best coverage -- depending on what medications they take regularly and what illnesses or conditions they may have."
Please RSVP for this program by calling 442-2652.
More information about the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit is available by calling toll-free 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or by visiting the Website, www.medicare.gov.