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Government aid helps 1 million Medicare recipients pay for medicationPosted On Mon, August 30, 2010
Healthcare costs in the country have been spiraling out of control for quite some time now. Many people find that even with health insurance, prescription medication costs can far exceed what one can afford to pay. The elderly, in particular, may find it difficult to cover all of their medication expenses.
Fortunately, most elderly people qualify for Medicare. Those with certain disabilities may also be eligible for the government sponsored health insurance.
Recently, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that 1 million Medicare beneficiaries have already received rebate checks worth $250 to help fill the "donut hole" and pay for prescription drug costs.
"Many seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare face extraordinary prescription drug costs, and too often stop following the drug regimens that their doctors have recommended as a result," said Sebelius.
In addition to getting financial assistance, there are things people can do to help reduce their medical expenses. Patients can seek generic medications instead of pricey brand name drugs whenever possible. Depending on the health condition, some ailments can be eliminated or at least reduced through consuming a healthier diet.
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