Low-income seniors–apply NOW to get double benefits

Until December 31, low-income seniors have a unique opportunity to save DOUBLE money on prescription drugs.

The Greater Cleveland Access to Benefits Coalition, made up of several area agencies on aging, is working with Channel 3 in the Cleveland/Northeast Ohio region to help low-income Medicare beneficiaries get registered for this $600 prescription drug credit to low-income seniors.

BUT if you apply for the card by December 31, 2004 you may get $1200 of benefits ($600 for 2004 and $600 for 2005). After June 2005, benefit amounts will decrease.

Other goals of the GCABC include:

• Educate, screen, and provide assistance with applications for the Medicare Prescription Drug Discount Card program and other drug discount programs to 3060 low-income Medicare beneficiaries through 153 educational and enrollment sessions in various locations in a six county area in Northeast Ohio.

• Train 225 health care and senior service providers to provide individualized assistance to low-income seniors with screening and applications for this and other drug discount programs.

• Provide individualized assistance to 450 low-income seniors including persons in nursing facilities and homebound beneficiaries.

If you know a senior who could use this help, call RSVP (one of the agencies in GCABC) at 216.391.9500. For more information, visit RSVP’s website. VOLUNTEERS WELCOME!

It’s good to see nonprofits working together and getting help from local media outlets to provide this kind of much-needed service. If you have a favorite charity, consider partnering your business with them in 2005 to help them deliver services to those in need.

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