Help for Costly Medicine

By: Amy Gleason
By: Amy Gleason

To participate in the Share Card program, you have to be on Medicare, have no prescription drug coverage, and make less than $18,000 a year, or $24,000 per couple.

If so, you'll get a card that entitles you to a 30-day supply of many Pfizer drugs for only $15.

You can sign up for the program tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Augusta County Government Center or the Harrisonburg Health Department.

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Medicare Issues

  • Thirty-six years ago, Congress enacted Medicare to provide doctor and hospital coverage to Americans 65 and over and those with disabilities.

  • What is needed now is to add affordable prescription drug coverage to Medicare.

  • The people who need prescription drugs the most are the least likely to have coverage.
    • Drugs are an essential part of good medical treatment.

    • The group that relies on prescription drugs the most - Americans over 65 - is the least likely to have drug coverage to help with the cost.

    • The result is that the skyrocketing cost of drugs can keep people in Medicare from getting the best medical care or cause other real hardships for them.

  • Adding prescription drug coverage to Medicare could bring costs down.
    • If drug coverage were available through Medicare, the participation of so many people could bring down their prescription drug costs.

    • The group participation is called group purchasing power.

  • During last year's elections, Americans were clear about the need for a voluntary, affordable prescription drug benefit for everyone in Medicare.

Source: The AARP Medicare Prescription Drug Campaign contributed to this report.


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