ATTENTION: low-income seniors apply NOW for drug card

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.