Drug Benefit Expanded To One Million More Seniors

Who better to talk up a new "twist" in the Medicare program than 60s singer Chubby Checker.

The twist is that as of Jan. 1, more than 1 million low-income seniors are newly eligible for more generous prescription drug benefits under the "extra help" program. The beneficiaries are those with life insurance policies and those who regularly get money from relatives and were previously disqualified because of too many assets or too much income.

To help promote the new twist in the law, Chubby Checker, who danced and sang "The Twist" to the top of the pop charts in the early 1960s, was enlisted.

Advocates say that even with the prescription program, some Medicare recipients would be unable to afford their drugs without the extra help plan.

Checker is scheduled to unveil an ad campaign Friday in New York City.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 9, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislature.The U.S. Post Service est. in 1775. You've had 234 yrs to get it right and it's broke. Social Security est. in 1935. You've had 74 yrs to get it right and it's broke. Fannie Mae est. in 1938. You've had 71 yrs to get it right and it's broke. War on Poverty started in 1964. You've had 45 yrs to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to "the poor" and they only want more. Medicare and Medicaid est. in 1965. You've had 44 yrs to get it right and they are broke. Freddie Mac est. in 1970. You've had 39 yrs to get it right and it's broke. You have FAILED in every "government service" you have shoved down our throats while overspending our tax dollars AND YOU WANT AMERICANS TO BELIEVE YOU CAN BE TRUSTED WITH A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARES SYSTEM?
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 8, 2010 at 03:13 PM
    To those that think seniors are taking too many drugs, I'm sure there are some that are taking more than they should, blame the health care system (the doctor). My mother spends 60% of her SS check for health care and prevention (cost include medicare A &D,gap insurance, and drug cost). Mom takes less drugs than I, but hers are expensive. I can guarantee you if she did not need the drug she would not take it. I hope none of you will ever have to use the system to help in your health care, but wait that's what our government wants(obamacare).
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jan 8, 2010 at 11:06 AM
    To those lambasting senior's remember you will be there one day.Some of the one's with the deep pockets well they arn't so deep anymore.
  • by Protest on Jan 8, 2010 at 10:14 AM
    Why aren't the seniors all protesting this expansion of socialism? Oh that's right - because they are the ones benefitting from it...
  • by Anonymous on Jan 8, 2010 at 05:58 AM
    senior citizens : americas new drug addicts
  • by Anonymous on Jan 8, 2010 at 05:43 AM
    Something is wrong with the world today when a prescription for a inhailer in ny costs 90 bucks, and that same prescription costs 50 cent in cuba! could it be that the drug companies are lining politicians pockets to be able to mark up presciptions this much! dont believe the cost difference watch sicko!!!!!
  • by tim Location: pitt on Jan 8, 2010 at 05:06 AM
    Is Chubby Checker doing this ad free
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