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Pharmacists to Help Seniors Apply for Rx Benefits

Author: Ken Rankin

Independent community pharmacists across the country will be helping low-income seniors apply for government- subsidized prescription drug benefits through the new Medicare Part D program, under a partnership forged between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).

"This is a great outreach step,"CMS Administrator Mark McClellan, MD, said in a meeting with NCPA members where he announced the new partnership. It is "natural that, at the place people have to pay for their prescriptions, and where we have the best personal knowledge about which Medicare beneficiaries really need help, that pharmacists are providing this leadership,"he said.

Mr. Rankin is a freelance medical writer.