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5/10/04

New Discount Drug Card Gains Senior Interests

The new Medicare discount card is a bit confusing for some because there are so many options. The card itself is optional, but then there are 43 vendors offering discount cards, so each senior has to determine which vendor has the best deal for the specific drugs they are taking. But once you've done your research, the benefits mean saving money.

Hundreds listened to Congressman Randy Neugebauer, trying to grasp the new discount card program and if it's right for them. "I think it's probably a good idea. And he did a good job of explaining the prescription program, a lot of people already understand it. I think the thing is complex, complicated, more than it needs to be," said Senior Citizen Paul Burks.

Too complex for Paul Burks to even want a discount card. But Nita Gibson sees it as a great opportunity. "I encourage every senior to investigate it thoroughly. Satisfy themselves, then for crying out loud participate. Because it is an opportunity," says Nita Gibson.

Participation in the discount card is voluntary, and it's an option for most medicare beneficiaries. "I think it's real good, because you see people around here that can't afford benefits at the price they have to pay and they need a relief of some kind," Senior Citizen Harry Burg said.

"The Government isn't sponsoring this, what we are doing is giving our seniors the opportunity to go shopping. They can look and choose and sign up for the best card for them," Congressman Randy Neugebauer said.

For more information on this discount card, you can talk to experts face to face at a series if workshops in the coming weeks...

  • Lubbock, on May 25th and June 15th at the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center.
  • Brownfield, on May 26th at the Brownfield Senior Citizen Center.
  • Levelland, on May 27th at the Hockley County Senior Citizen Center.

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(Click here) for information on Medicare discount cards, or you can dial 1-800-MEDICARE.

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