Dec. 14 phone bank will field Medicare questions

Dec. 14 phone bank will field Medicare questions Experts will staff a Dec. 14 phone bank at KSFY television to answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Insurance, and Medicare-approved drug discount cards.

Viewers can get the answers they need by calling KSFY on Tuesday, Dec. 14, between 4 and 7 p.m. The numbers to call are (605) 336-1300, or 1-800-955-KSFY.

County educators and specialists from South Dakota State University's Cooperative Extension Service are partnering with the South Dakota SHIINE program to coordinate the phone bank. SHIINE stands for Senior Health Information and Insurance Education, a free information service to Medicare beneficiaries.

The SDSU Cooperative Extension Service is paying for the phone bank through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide information and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries. SDSU Extension and SHIINE are encouraging Medicare recipients to enroll for Medicare-approved drug discount cards because the cards can help them save 10 to 25 percent on prescription drugs.

In addition, those who meet low-income guidelines who sign up by Dec. 31 may be eligible for a $1,200 credit.

to help offset prescription drug costs. But they must meet the Dec. 31 sign-up date to get the full benefit.

Individuals should allow up to two weeks to have their applications processed, Gorham said.

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