LoBiondo Encourages Seniors to Take Opportunity to Ensure Current Prescription Drug Program Meets Their Needs

Open Enrollment Period for Changing Plans Begins Saturday, Runs until End of Year

U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today encouraged local seniors who are currently unhappy with their Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit plans or whose coverage needs have changed over the past year to research and compare the 52 plans available in New Jersey. The open enrollment period begins Saturday, November 15th and will run until December 31st.

?Until the end of the year, South Jersey seniors have the opportunity to compare all the options available to them and select a prescription drug plan that may help save them additional money. I encourage those who currently participate or are newly eligible to closely examine their drug coverage needs and find a plan that best suits their needs,? said LoBiondo.

The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit provides assistance to seniors and eligible low-income individuals in paying their prescription drug costs. According to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), about 25.4 million seniors nation-wide are voluntarily enrolled and accessing the benefits of the program, with more than 92,000 seniors with prescription drug coverage in New Jersey?s 2nd Congressional District.

Seniors who need additional information should call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit www.medicare.gov. For assistance in enrolling, seniors should contact the New Jersey State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) at 1-800-792-8820 or the specific county office listed below:

Atlantic County?s Division of Intergenerational Services ? (609) 645.5843

Burlington County?s RSVP ? (609) 984.9311 ext 7498

Cape May County?s Department of Aging ? (609) 886.8138

Cumberland County?s Office on Aging ? (856) 453.8066

Gloucester County?s RSVP ? (856) 468.1742

Salem County?s Office on Aging ? (856) 339.8622

If additional assistance is required, seniors are encouraged to contact Congressman LoBiondo?s Mays Landing office at (609) 625.5008 or 1.800.471.4450.

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