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Prescription and Medicare Help Available at State Fair
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jim Poolman
July 26, 2006 701-328-2440


Bismarck, ND - North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jim Poolman today announced that anyone who is having difficulty paying for prescriptions or who has Medicare related questions, will find the help they need at the Senior Health Insurance Counseling (SHIC) and the Prescription Connection for ND programs' information booth at the North Dakota State Fair.

Poolman said, "These two programs provide one-on-one assistance to seniors and others needing help with Medicare programs and paying for prescriptions. The State Fair is a perfect place and now is the perfect time to go to the fair and get questions answered." 

The booth, has information regarding:

  • Medicare;
  • Medicare Part D; 
  • Medicare Advantage Plans;
  • Free and reduced cost prescriptions for people of all ages, including children.
"Right now, we are reaching out to folks across the state, especially those with children who may be having difficulty paying for their prescriptions. We have seen a significant increase in requests from families, so right now we are reaching out to those folks," said Poolman.

Prescription Connection for ND, a statewide program of the ND Insurance Department, connects people of all ages with free and reduced cost medications. The Senior Health Insurance Counseling (SHIC) program helps seniors and the disabled with Medicare related questions.

Poolman added, "In addition, we know that many have questions about Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans. We've got staff and volunteers ready right now to sit down and help sort through all the information that is available."

The information booth is located in Commercial II and is open every day until July 29th from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

People who are unable to attend the State Fair who have questions should call the North Dakota Insurance Department at 1.888.575.6611.

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