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Q: Where can I get help with my questions about Medicare?

A: The Department’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) office provides free and unbiased information, counseling and assistance to Idaho’s senior citizens to help them with their Medicare questions.

Q: I have Medicare Part D (Rx coverage) and am afraid I'll hit the coverage gap this year. Can I get help?

A: The health care reform law will gradually eliminate the coverage gap, or “donut hole.” By 2020, you will pay only 25% for prescription drugs during the coverage gap, the same percentage you pay from the time you meet the deductible. The table below shows how your cost for prescriptions will decrease between now and 2020.

  Year   Your cost for brand-name drugs in the coverage gap Your cost for generic drugs in the coverage gap

Q:What free preventive services are available under the new bill?

A: As of Jan. 1, 2011, proven preventive services, such as mammograms or colonoscopies, are free. Also, Medicare will provide a new annual wellness visit that includes a health risk assessment.

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