CHICAGO, May 14 /PRNewswire/ —
WHO: Teresa Nino, CMS External Affairs Director
Esther Sciamarella, Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition Executive Director
Concepcion Orozco, National Alliance for Hispanic Health VP of Programs
WHAT: Teresa Nino, CMS External Affairs Director, will join the Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition and National Alliance for Hispanic Health, as well as other local partner organizations to provide information to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers who may qualify for extra help to pay for prescription drug costs through Medicare low-income subsidy (LIS) or “Extra Help” program. LIS is available under the Medicare Part D prescription program and provides financial assistance for beneficiaries to help pay for their monthly premium, yearly deductible, prescription coinsurance and copayments and no gap in coverage.
WHEN: Saturday, May 15, 2010
TIME: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
WHERE: McKinley Park-Field house, 2210 West Pershing Road, Chicago, IL. 60609.
WHAT BENEFICIARIES SHOULD KNOW: If you have limited income and resources, Medicare’s “Extra Help” can save participating seniors as much as $3,900 per year. A new law changed how your income and assets are counted in 2010. Even if you were turned down for “Extra Help”, you should reapply. If you qualify, you’ll get help paying for Medicare prescription drug coverage premiums, copayments and deductibles.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: CMS will hold events throughout the country to help Medicare beneficiaries get the most from their Medicare health and prescription drug coverage. It’s easy and free to apply for “Extra Help.” You or a family member, trusted counselor or caregiver can apply online at: www.socialsecurity.gov/prescriptionhelp or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778) and ask for the Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs. All the information you give is confidential.
MORE INFORMATION: www.medicare.gov, or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.