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Have you heard the saying “What you don’t know may hurt you?” In the world of ever changing medical insurance benefits, this could be the case for you if you don’t have the right information. Luckily, for citizens in southwest Georgia, there is now a place where you can get some of those questions answered, and most of the time, do it from the comfort of your own home. The Senior Resource Centers of Georgia, Inc. (SRC) a Georgia registered non-profit looks to provide help to individuals receiving Medicare, about to go on Medicare, and mainly anyone in its 26 county region who are encountering high prescription drug costs. “There have been a lot of changes in health insurance over the past few years, that have affected a lot of people in our area,” SRC Executive Director Brian Ramey said. “The largest impact on healthcare was coverage of prescription medication, especially those on Part D Medicare Plans and those people need a place they can go to get some help and answers to questions they may have.” Along with becoming a place for people who are on Medicare or aging into Medicare to go to get their questions answered, the SRC also offers a Prescription Drug Assistance Plan, which is open to anyone in the area, regardless if they are on any private insurance, an opportunity to lower their prescription drug costs. “Our prescription drug assistance program has already helped people see savings,” Ramey said. “We have seen a lot of people, especially in the more rural parts of our area come in with $500 a month prescription drug bills and we are able to get them help, and get their costs down to something they can manage.” Based in their offices on Philema Road, the SRC is not content just staying put. The organization holds meetings throughout their 26 county region to bring information to the people. “We go all over this region,” Ramey said. “Like a spoke on a wheel we travel from our base here in Albany to cities that would benefit from our programs. A lot of the times it’s these folks who aren’t getting the necessary information, whether it be because of where they live, or they simply can’t afford an unnecessary trip. It’s these folks that we are trying to reach.”
Beginning January 15, 2016 through February 10, 2016, The Senior Resource Centers of Georgia, Inc will register local citizens for FREE eye examinations which will also include purchasing prescription glasses for those that qualify. By partnering with both Needymeds and Prevent Blindness Vision Clinic, the Senior Resource Center will be able to service more than 50 citizens over a two day period (February 11, 2016 from 9 am until 2 pm; and February 12, 2016 from 9 am until 2 pm) all activities will result in each client qualifying for assistance with purchasing eyeglasses - or even get them for free. All services through Prevent Blindness Vision Clinic will be performed by a Board Certified Optometrist. Fliers and registration information/materials will be provided at library branches and churches throughout the district, including a booklet that details the resources that are available to bring prescription medicines to community members at a reduced price or, if the patron is eligible, for free.
The Senior Resource Centers of Georgia, Inc. has also partnered with NeedyMeds to raise awareness of patient assistance programs and secure donations to assist individuals who cannot afford transit to, or cost for glasses through Healfundr. While this program is geared towards assisting low-income patients, many of the resources described in the booklet are available to all Southwest Georgians.
"Making this type of information available at the library, or the church is just one example of how the Senior Resource Centers of Georgia, Inc. is reaching out to the community in non-traditional ways," said Brian Ramey, Executive Director of The Senior Resource Centers of Georgia.
The information is available at the check-out desk at all the libraries, or through the Pastor of each church. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation toward this program, please refer to: needymeds/healfundr
"The goal of NeedyMeds partnership with The Senior Resource Centers of Georgia, Inc. is to increase awareness of the many resources available to help people unable to afford their medication and healthcare costs," said Rich Sagall, MD, president of NeedyMeds. "By working with local public libraries and churches throughout Southwest Georgia we can help many people who otherwise wouldn't know of these programs."
For nearly 20 years, NeedyMeds has been providing information on programs that help people who need help paying for medications and healthcare costs. All of its services are free and NeedyMeds helps people save every month.
This Prevent Blindness Vision program in Southwest Georgia is supported in part by local donations. We are pleased to be working with many libraries and churches in Southwest Georgia to help people struggling with healthcare costs," said Sagall. "Programs like these will help patients get the healthcare and medicines they need.”
For more information on this program or starting one in your community, contact Richard J. Sagall, MD at NeedyMeds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About NeedyMeds: NeedyMeds, a national nonprofit organization, is a comprehensive and reliable source of information on assistance programs available for people having difficulties paying for their medications or health care. Approximately 10,000 people visit the Web site (www.needymeds.org) each workday. NeedyMeds' information is always free, easy to access, and updated regularly. Unlike similar sites, NeedyMeds requires no registration and gathers no identifiable information on site visitors.
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