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Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program to host workshop

December 16, 2010

The Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program will host a free open enrollment workshop next week for residents who are or may be eligible for Maryland Medicare prescription assistance.

The workshop will be held at the Williamsport Firehouse, 2 Brandy Drive, Williamsport, on Monday, Dec. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m.

Currently in its sixth year, the program has increased monthly premium and "doughnut hole" subsidies for 2011, but thousands of eligible Maryland residents are not taking advantage of the available assistance, according to a release from the agency.

The program helps reduce Medicare Part D drug plan premium and prescription drug costs for eligible Maryland residents, a news release said.

Unbiased representatives will provide personal, one-on-one help during the workshop, according to the release. Eligible Marylanders will receive assistance with applications and learn about available subsidies.

Medicare beneficiaries who qualify for the premium subsidy of up to $35 per month and the "doughnut hole" subsidy from participating plans, which covers 95 percent of total drug costs, should attend, the agency said. Caregivers and family members of eligible program members also can attend.

To qualify, Medicare beneficiary applicants must live in Maryland, be enrolled in a Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan and have an income of less than $32,490 for an individual or $43,710 for a couple.

The agency asks that those wishing to attend call 1-800-215-8038 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The open enrollment period for Medicare Part D is from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31 for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2011.

More information is available at www.marylandspdap.com.

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