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June 24, 2012

CRIS alerts seniors to benefit change

DANVILLE — CRIS Healthy-Aging Center is working with more than 2,034 individuals who are losing their Illinois Cares RX Benefit effective June 30. Beginning July 1, Illinois Cares Rx will no longer help pay for prescription drugs and Medicare Part D plan premiums.

CRIS staff members are making telephone contact with all 2,034 individuals and encouraging everyone to contact their doctor and get a three-month supply of prescriptions. It is important to have prescriptions filled by June 30 before the program is eliminated.

CRIS is advising individuals to contact their Medicare Part D prescription drug plan provider to find out what their premium and prescription drugs will cost beginning July 1. Individuals may need to shop for a new prescription drug program.

There is a special enrollment period from now until Aug. 31 to change Medicare Part D plans if needed. CRIS is available to assist individuals in choosing a Medicare Part D plan.

Other options to consider are to review your prescription list with your doctor to determine if it’s possible to switch to a generic or less expensive drug or to consider switching to a mail-order option through the Part D plan. Drug Discount Cards, charities, co-pay assistance programs and patient assistance programs are also potential resources available to fill the gap in coverage.

The Circuit Breaker program will still allow individuals to receive a license plate discount and bus transit card.

For more information or to speak with a CRIS Senior Health Insurance Program counselor, call 443-2999. CRIS Healthy-Aging Center is located at 309 N. Franklin St. and serves all Vermilion County Medicare recipients.

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