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04/19/04

Prescription Drug Help for Seniors

Two local congressmen want to make sure senior citizens know about the changes coming to the Medicare program. Representatives Jack Kingston (R-GA Dist. 1) and Max Burns (R-GA Dist. 12) held a Saturday workshop to explain how Medicare is making it easier to sign up for prescription drug discount cards.

The changes will allow some states to sign up low-income seniors automatically. State officials and organizations for the elderly say it will significantly increase the number of seniors who will receive the $600-a-year subsidy.  

"May 3, they'll be able to buy a Medicare discount card, which will rebate their prescriptions about 20 percent," explained Kingston.

"We have a new opportunity in America, and that's to provide drug benefits to seniors," added Burns. "It's a key part to wellness "

If you have questions about Medicare, you can call either congressman's local office:

Max Burns: 352.1736.

Jack Kingston: 352-0101.

Reported by: Katie Pike, kpike@wtoc.com

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