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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published January 04, 2011

CARDIN TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE CALL WITH LEADING MARYLAND SENIOR ADVOCATES TO REVIEW NEW HEALTH CARE REFORM BENEFITS EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1



Efforts to Repeal Health Care Reform Could Cost Marylanders Over $400 Million in Prescription Drug Benefits

U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), will host a conference call with leading senior advocates from across Maryland today, Tuesday, January 4 at 2:30pm to discuss the new benefits for seniors available thanks to the health care reform law passed by Congress last year. Senator Cardin will discuss Republican plans to repeal the new law and take these benefits away from Maryland seniors. Time will be allotted on the call for questions from the media.

New benefits being targeted include the elimination of copayments for preventive services, annual wellness checkups for all seniors with no copays or deductibles, and a 50 percent discount on brand-name drugs for seniors reaching the Medicare Part D prescription drug “Donut Hole.” Last year, 32,172 Marylanders received a one-time tax-free $250 rebate to help pay for prescription drugs and help fill the “Donut Hole” gap. The average benefit in 2011 is expected to be at least double that amount.

· WHAT: Senator Cardin press call to discuss new health care reform benefits with leading Maryland senior advocates

· WHEN: TODAY - Tuesday, January 4 at 2:30pm

· RSVP: Email or call Sue Walitsky at sue_walitsky@cardin.senate.gov or 202-224-4524 to RSVP

Call: 202-228-2663 OR 1-866-909-2663
Meeting ID: 6845504