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Video: CVS/pharmacy and National Council on Aging Help Seniors Get the Cost-Saving Benefits they Need
Date:5/18/2009

BenefitsCheckUp.org/cvs offers resources to help defray cost of health care, utilities, meals and more; Pharmacists counsel on ways to save on medication

WOONSOCKET, R.I., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The economic downturn continues to challenge Americans, with seniors perhaps being hit the hardest by dwindling retirement funds, loss in home value and rising health care costs. And with eight out of 10 older Americans suffering from at least one chronic health condition, the monthly cost of prescriptions and over the counter medication can be significant.

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In an effort to help seniors manage monthly expenses and encourage medication adherence, CVS/pharmacy and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) are offering a way for those with limited income to get the benefits they deserve through federal, state, local and private benefit programs, including prescription coverage. CVS pharmacists are also working to educate patients on ways to lower their health care costs.

Together CVS/pharmacy and NCOA are promoting BenefitsCheckUp(R), a free comprehensive online service that allows seniors aged 55 and over to determine if they qualify for over 2,000 benefit programs across 50 states. To date, BenefitsCheckUp has helped more than two million seniors find more than $7 billion worth of annual benefits. BenefitsCheckUp can be accessed through www.BenefitsCheckUp.org/cvs.

"For many older Americans, fixed incomes aren't going as far as they once did, making them particularly vulnerable in this economy," says Wendy Zenker, vice president of Benefits Access at NCOA. "Yet millions of dollars in benefits g
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