Prescription Discounts

The rising cost of prescription drugs is taking its toll on seniors across the state, but help is on the way for some of them.

Many can sign up for one of 40 discount cards that'll knock about 10 to 15 percent off their prescription costs. Meanwhile, many other low-income seniors will qualify for a $600 prescription credit.

It's a way to tide over the senior population until more permanent Medicare benefits are available in 2006.

"We're encouraging people to take their time," said AARP's Lisa Lamkins. "They don't need to make a decision quickly, and we have some tools to help people sort though the information to help them compare cards."

Those who are enrolled in Seniorcare with no deductible or a deductible of $500 wouldn't be eligible.

Wednesday's Medicare forum in Eau Claire is one of twelve such forums in Wisconsin cities.

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