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Forget the Tie-Get Dad Extra Help with Prescription Costs

June 15, 2007

Salem, OR - Forget the tie and do something different for dad this Father's Day. The Social Security Administration wants to make sure Oregon dads are getting all the prescription drug coverage help they're eligible for. Medicare Part D helps seniors lower their drug costs, but Social Security's "Extra Help Plan" goes even further, giving help to low-income seniors with their premiums, deductibles and co-pays. Alan Heim with the SSA in Oregon says they're hoping to reach as many people as possible to sign them up.

“It's so important because we have seniors who are challenged by medical costs. This is geared to help them afford the kind of care and medications that they really need.”

Thousands of people in Oregon, and up to three million people nationwide, could be eligible for almost $4,000 a year from the "Extra Help" plan.

Heim adds that thousands of people still need help beyond Part D.

“Even if you sign up for Medicare Part D, which helps quite a bit, there are still those additional costs, those deductibles and premiums. This is just an extra step for people who have limited income.”

More information on "Extra Help" is available online at or by calling tollfree,1-800-772-1213. You can also visit any Social Security office.

Dondrea Warner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OR