Help Available to Pay for Prescription Drugs

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With the colder temperatures, many older adults with limited incomes are using their money to buy heating oil, rather than purchasing their medications. The Baltimore County Department of Aging may be able to help them. The agency has received Maryland Cares funding from the State to assist Baltimore County residents who have difficulty paying for their prescriptions. Baltimore County residents who are Medicare beneficiaries and eligible for a Medicare Prescription Drug plan may qualify if their monthly income is below $2,287 (individual) or $2,991(couple) and assets below $11,000 (individual) or $14,000 (couple) will qualify. Only medications covered by Medicare D will be included and the funds will be paid to directly to the pharmacy.

If you think you are eligible, contact your caseworker from the Baltimore County Department of Aging, Health or Social Services. If you do not have a case manager, call the Department of Aging’s Senior Information and Assistance, 410-887-2594 and request funds for prescription drugs.

Remember, you only have until December 31, 2006 to sign up for or change your Medicare Prescription Drug Program. If you need assistance with deciding on a plan or enrolling, call 410-887-2059.

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