Reporter: Shannon Samson
New Media Producer: Kerry Corum
Starting in June, drug discount cards will be available to seniors as a first step in the Medicare Modernization Act. And figuring out how to enroll, or if it's even worth it, is enough to give some seniors a headache.
The discount drug card offers price breaks on more than 200 classes of drugs and discounts on various medical supplies.
To qualify, beneficiaries may not have drug coverage from other sources. A $600 credit is available for some Medicare beneficiaries - individuals making about $12,000 a year or less, and couples making about $16,000 or less.
Because seniors do have options, especially in Illinois, where state prescription discount programs exist that may have more to offer an individual than the Medicare plan. Illinois' Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) can be reached toll free at 800-548-9034.