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Medicare Counselors Can Help Secure Savings for Many

Monday, July 27, 2015

Medicare Counselors Can Help Secure Savings for Many

Across the country, thousands of benefits counselors help people with Medicare find benefits that help them pay for prescriptions,health care, and other necessities. Since 2009, benefits counselors—supported by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA)—have helped more than half a million vulnerable seniors and adults with disabilities apply for over $1.6 billion in benefits, and learn about preventive services that can help them stay healthy.

In Southeast Ohio, The Area Agency on Aging 8 (AAA8) counselors Brandi Hesson, CIRS-A, and Gerri VanNoy, SWA, CIRS-A, are professional Information and Referral (I&R) Specialists in Aging (CIRS-A).

Many Ohioans on Medicare with limited income and resources may qualify for the Limited-Income Subsidy (LIS), also called "Extra Help," and the Medicare Savings Program. LIS helps seniors pay for their Medicare Part D premiums, annual deductible and coinsurance for prescription drugs.

The Medicare Extra Help Program can save individuals an average of $325 per month on costs associated with prescription drugs. In rural Ohio, many seniors are eligible for these programs, but are not enrolled. AAA8 wants to help spread the word and help Ohio’s aging residents get the help they need for prescriptions. There are many reasons that folks who are eligible do not apply. Some simply don’t know about the program or know how to apply. Many also assume that they make too much and are not financially eligible. They should call AAA8 for details.

If you know someone that may qualify, please ask them to call us toll-free at 1-800-331-2644 and ask for the Screening Department. In a matter of minutes, the staff at The Area Agency on Aging can assist them with a free, over-the-phone application.

Learn more at: http://www.areaagency8.org/services/medicare-support-services



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