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NH Seniors to Receive Nearly $4,000,000 to Close the Medicare Prescription Gap

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, Paul Hodes announced that, as part of health insurance reform, the first checks to New Hampshire seniors who fall into the Medicare prescription coverage gap will be mailed out starting tomorrow. Every Granite State senior who falls in the prescription drug coverage gap will automatically receive a $250 check in the mail. A new report from Hodes reveals that throughout New Hampshire seniors falling into the prescription coverage gap will receive $3,750,000 is assistance for purchasing life saving medicine.

"For too long, New Hampshire's seniors have been forced to choose between paying their bills and getting life saving medications," said Hodes. "This year alone, New Hampshire seniors will receive nearly $4 million to help with their prescription bills. Health insurance reform is already working to strengthen Medicare. And, by closing the prescription coverage gap, we can ensure that Granite State seniors receive the medications they need."

"In my practice, I've had to spend much of my time scrambling to find free samples and resources to cover medications for my patients who can't afford even their generic prescriptions," said Dr. James Fieseher of Portsmouth Primary Care Associates. "This includes diabetic patients who need insulin and syringes to stay alive and stay out of the hospital. By plugging the "donut hole," more of my patients will be able to afford their medications, stay healthier and stay at work."

A new report from Paul Hodes shows that throughout New Hampshire seniors who fall into the Medicare coverage gap will receive a total of nearly $4 million in prescription payment assistance.

In Belknap County, over 900 seniors will receive a total of over $225,000 in prescription payment assistance.

In Carroll County, nearly 800 seniors will receive a total of nearly $200,000 in prescription payment assistance.

In Cheshire County, over 1,000 seniors will receive a total of over $260,000 in prescription payment assistance.

In Coos County, over 700 seniors will receive a total of over $180,000 in prescription payment assistance.

In Grafton County, over 1,000 seniors will receive a total of over $260,000 in prescription payment assistance.

In Hillsborough County, nearly 4,000 seniors will receive a total of nearly $1 million in prescription payment assistance.

In Merrimack County, nearly 10,000 seniors will receive a total of over $400,000 in prescription payment assistance.

In Rockingham County, nearly 3,000 seniors will receive a total of nearly $750,000 in prescription payment assistance.

In Strafford County, nearly 1,300 seniors will receive a total of over $320,000 in prescription payment assistance.

And, in Sullivan County, over 600 seniors will receive a total of over $150,000 in prescription payment assistance.

Currently, Medicare Part D -- the private prescription drug plans for American seniors -- leaves seniors to pay for nearly all of their medications after the first $2,830 spent on prescriptions in a given year. Medicare plans again pick up costs after seniors spend more than $6,440 on medications, but only after thousands of New Hampshire seniors have had to spend thousands out of their pockets for medications every year.

Health insurance reform, supported by Paul Hodes, will over time close this gap in coverage. Starting this year, seniors who fall into the gap will automatically receive a check in the mail for $250 to offset these costs.


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