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The Search is on for 15,000 "Missing" Idaho Seniors

December 5, 2006

Boise, ID - Senior and consumer groups are trying to find out why thousands of Idaho seniors are missing out on medication that could cost as little as $2 through Medicare's "Part D" coverage. Lists of the "missing" have been sent to county clerks statewide, and Peggy Munson with AARP Idaho says her group is holding meetings around the state to spread the word to eligible Idahoans.

""We're trying to get into areas and just let people know that if your income is at this level, you qualify. There's 15,257 people in the State of Idaho that are eligible for low-income assistance, and they have not signed up."

Munson adds that people with lower incomes are more likely to skip medicine doses, so AARP is pushing hard to talk to everyone who might be eligible for these ultra low-cost medications. Munson says people may be hesitant about paperwork, others might be homebound or have a physical or mental disability and some may not even know about the option.

Anyone can dial 211 or visit www.aarp.org for more information about the low-income subsidy.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID