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Poolman: Assistance Available for Medicare Beneficiaries in the 'Donut Hole'
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cindy Sheldon
May 8, 2007 701-328-2440


Bismarck, ND - Insurance Commissioner Jim Poolman today advised seniors who may be in the donut hole with their Part D plans, that many of them may be eligible for free or reduced-cost prescriptions available through other sources.

Poolman said, "At this time of year, many beneficiaries with Part D plans are in or are going into the 'donut hole'. The 'donut hole' is the portion each beneficiary has to spend out of their pocket before they will be eligible for coverage again from their Part D plan."

Some Prescription Assistance Programs (PAPs), which are sponsored by many pharmaceutical companies, offer assistance with free medications for those that are in the donut hole. 

"Any Medicare beneficiary who has a Part D plan who is in the donut hole should call the Senior Health Insurance Counseling (SHIC) Program at 1.888.575.6611 to find out if free prescriptions are available to them," Poolman said. 

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