Nearly one out of every two Louisiana seniors and adults with disabilities are eligible for additional assistance paying for their Medicare premiums, co-pays or Part D expenses but do not know how to apply to receive all the benefits for which they are eligible, reports from the National Council on Aging show.
“Louisiana Aging and Disability Resource Centers and their partners are in the field now trying to assist older adults and adults with disabilities who are eligible to receive Medicare and enroll them into additional assistance programs like the Medicare Savings Plan or the Low Income Subsidy Program,” said Michelle Guillory, Program Manager, Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs
Over 253,000 additional men and women will turn 65 before 2020, and one in every five of these new beneficiaries will be eligible for additional assistance programs, said Ms. Guillory. “So we have a lot of work to do,” she added. A public service campaign will be caring this message especially during May, Older Americans Month.
Seniors are encouraged to call the Louisiana Aging and Disability Resource Center nearest them now and ask for the following:
- A review of their Medicare Part A, B and D benefit plans to be sure they are getting all the assistance they are eligible for;
- Application for the Medicare Savings Plan which could help pay for Part A and B premiums, as well as co-pays and deductibles;
- Application for the Low Income Subsidy to see if they are eligible for additional help with their Part D prescription premium, deductible, co-pay and “donut” hole.
“To get the extra help, let us help you apply,” said Ms. Guillory. The assistance is free and offered through the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs. Participating ADRCs can be found at www.louisianaanswers.com or by calling these areas:
Caddo (800) 256-3003
Cajun (800) 738-2256
Calcasieu (800) 223-5872
Capital (800) 280-0908
CENLA (800) 454-9573
Jefferson (800) 635-1437
Orleans (888) 922-8522
Terrebonne (800) 353-3265
Statewide (877) 340-9100