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Seniors get help with Medicare, drug plans

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RUTLAND-As people age, health insurance becomes more important and often times more expensive. Older Vermonters on a limited income can find it difficult to pay the premiums, deductibles and co-payments connected to Medicare and Medicare Drug Plans, or to purchase private insurance if they are not yet eligible for Medicare.

Vermont offers several programs that can assist with these costs: private health insurance (VHAP and Catamount), Medicare Drug Plans (VPharm), the Medicare part B premium (Medicare Savings Program), and the co-payments and deductibles not covered by Medicare (Medicaid & QMB). Eligibility is based mostly on income.

To learn about these programs, who qualifies and how to apply, call the Senior HelpLine 800-642-5119 or 786-5991; this is a community service of the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging serving Rutland County since 1974. Website: www.svcoa@svcoa.org, e-mail: seniorhelpline@svcoa.org.

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