Free Medicare prescription drug benefit training offered at UT Health Center on Friday

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

A free seminar explaining the ins and out of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit program will be offered Friday, July 22, in the Center for Biomedical Research Auditorium at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, 11937 U.S. Highway 271 in Tyler.

The training will be presented in two sessions, each lasting four hours. The first, from 8 a.m. until noon, is for health care providers and their staffs. The second, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., is for community workers and volunteers who will be working with this new program.

The sessions are sponsored by the Lake Country Area Health Education Center, located on the UTHSCT campus. Staff from the Dallas office of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will lead the training. The CMS administers the prescription drug benefit program for the federal government.

Trainers will discuss outreach efforts and materials and how to help enroll clients in Medicare prescription drug coverage. They will explain auto-enrolled eligible clients, dual-eligible clients, and currently enrolled clients, as well as how to apply for additional help for clients. Seminar participants will learn how to answer questions from Medicare clients and how to speed up enrollment in the drug benefit program.

Pre-registration is not required for the sessions. For information about the training, please call Lake Country AHEC at (903) 877-5786.

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