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Panel to Demystify Drug Coverage

A panel discussion entitled "Three Points of View on Prescription Drug Coverage," aims to demystify prescription drug coverage. It takes place on May 7 at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center. Panelists include: Chris Crain, director of programs for the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging; Russ Levine, pharmacist from Colonial Drugs in Westport; and Westport resdient David Royce, who orders medications on line from pharmacies outside of the United States.

“Seniors are invited to come and hear each of the three presenters share their knowledge and experience in dealing with prescription drug issues,” said Butler. “Those who fall into the ‘donut hole’ may welcome this program.” The "donut hole" is the gap in drug coverage during which people with Medicare must pay the full cost of their prescriptions out of pocket. According to the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging, health care reform will phase out the doughnut hole by decreasing the consumer’s share of drug costs during the doughnut hole until it reaches 25 percent in 2020 for both brand-name and generic drugs. However, the phase-out works differently for brand-name and generic drugs.

Ms Butler says, "It is hoped that those attending will come away with an expanded understanding of Medicare part D and how best to fulfill one’s prescription drug needs in the most cost effective manner."  The discussion is free and reqistration is not required. Additionally, for help with prescription drug assistance, tax relief, housing issues, home care, transportation and any other issue, make appointment to see Maybeth Wirz of the Department of Human Services on April 23, May 19 and June 17.Individual appointments can be made ahead of time by calling Maybeth at (203) 341-1072 or by emailing her at: mwirz@westportct.gov.

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