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Consumer Guide Available to Assist People with Disabilities in Navigating Medicare Part D Coverage

Advancing Independence, a disability-focused policy organization, released today a new guide, Understanding Changes in Prescription Drug Coverage for People with Disabilities on Medicare: A Guide for People with Disabilities, Benefits Counselors, Disability Organizations and Others On Transitioning to the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit.

While many organizations are developing helpful materials to assist Medicare beneficiaries through this transition, this guide was written specifically to address special concerns of people with disabilities. The guide was written in a question and answer format and includes worksheets that individuals can use in consulting their physicians about current pharmaceutical use and
in comparing and selecting a plan that meets their needs.

Medicare plays a critical role in enhancing the health and independence of nearly 15 million people with disabilities of all ages most of whom rely extensively on prescription medications.
It is essential that they be able to make the best use of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, said Bob Williams, Principal of Advancing Independence and a co-author of the report.

The report was a collaborative effort between Advancing Independence and the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University. Free copies of the guide can be obtained in PDF and
HTML formats at http://hpi.georgetown.edu/rxchanges.html.

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