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Medicare prescription drug coverage forums announced

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 31, 2005  
Contact Information:  Vikki Franklin or Lisa Wallace

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Mark McClellan will join Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services officials Friday to help Kentucky seniors make informed decisions about the new Medicare prescription drug coverage. 

As a part of the effort, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will hold three community forums in Kentucky to discuss provisions of the drug coverage plan and answer questions from seniors curious about the new drug benefit.  The forums are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend.  The forums will be held on Friday, Sept, 2, 2005, at the following locations: 

Bowling Green  8:30 a.m. (CDT)     
Holiday Inn University Plaza Hotel       
1021 Wilkinson Trace
Contact: Debbie McCarty, 270-781-2381             

Louisville  1 p.m. (EDT)
Southeast Christian Church
920 Blankenbaker Parkway
Contact:  Barbara Gordon, 502-266-6084

Lexington  4 p.m. (EDT)
Ballard-Griffith Towers
650 Tower Plaza
Contact:  Rhonda Davis, 859-269-8021

The forums are being conducted by the U.S. Administration on Aging and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and locally by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Division of Aging Service; State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP); and the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency, Barren River and Bluegrass Area Agencies on Aging. 

Medicare prescription drug coverage will be available to all Medicare recipients. Enrollment begins Nov. 15 for anyone with Medicare Parts A, B or both.  All Medicare recipients may choose the drug plan that best meets their needs.  The plans will cover brand-name and generic drugs and covered drugs may be purchased from pharmacies or by mail order.

For more information, contact SHIP or the area agencies on aging toll-free or direct at the following numbers:

  • SHIP - 877-293-7447
  • Barren River Area Agency on Aging - 800-782-1924 or 270-782-1924
    (Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, Simpson and Warren counties)
  • Big Sandy Area Agency on Aging - 800-737-2723 or 606-886-2374
    (Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties)
  • Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging - 800-928-4556 or 859-233-4556
    (Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott and Woodford counties)
  • Buffalo Trace, Gateway and FIVCO Area Agencies on Aging - 800-274-5863 or 606-784-8921
    (Bath, Boyd, Bracken, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lawrence, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Robertson and Rowan counties)
  • Cumberland Valley Area Agency on Aging - 800-441-5115 or
    (Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle and Whitley counties)
  • Green River Area Agency on Aging - 800-928-9093 or 270-926-4433
    (Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union and Webster counties)
  • Kentucky River Area Agency on Aging - 800-866-2315 or 606-439-2315
    (Breathitt, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Owsley, Perry and Wolfe counties)
  • KIPDA Area Agency on Aging - 800-928-6084 or 502-266-6084
    (Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties)
  • Lake Cumberland Area Agency on Aging - 800-888-4707 or 270-384-4707
    (Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, Taylor and Wayne counties)
  • Lincoln Trail Area Agency on Aging - 800-264-0393 or 866-275-5772 or 270-769-2393
    (Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties)
  • Northern Kentucky Area Agency on Aging - 800-888-8189 or 859-431-8200
    (Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Owen and Pendleton counties)
  • Pennyrile Area Agency on Aging - 800-264-0643 or 270-886-6341
    (Caldwell, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Todd and Trigg counties); Christian County - 888-959-8885 or 270-886-4516
  • Purchase Area Agency on Aging - 800-866-4213 or 270-247-9426
    (Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall and McCracken counties)



Last Updated 8/31/2005