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The New Medicare-Approved Drug Discount Card Program Can Help Some People Living in a Nursing Home Save on Prescription Drugs
In 2004 and 2005 people with Medicare can sign up for a Medicare-Approved Prescription Drug Discount Card. Low-income Medicare beneficiaries who do not have Medicaid outpatient drug coverage may qualify for a $600 credit in each year. The drug card and the $600 credit are designed to help people who are paying out of pocket for their prescription drugs. The card sponsor and your pharmacy will know when to apply the $600 credit. The $600 credit cannot be used if Medicare Part A is paying for your stay. This is a voluntary program.
If you meet all of the conditions below, you should apply for one of these three cards and for the $600 annual credit:
These are the three special Medicare-approved drug discount cards for people with Medicare living in a nursing home who get their drugs through the nursing home's special long term care pharmacy and who want to get the $600 credit if they qualify:
To get one of these Medicare-approved drug discount cards:
If you already have a Medicare-approved card, you will be able to switch to one of these special cards. For more information, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or the discount card sponsor. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. Your nursing home may provide information or assistance in enrolling.
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