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Middletown Transcript
  • Carper to visit M.O.T. Senior Center, Middletown Emergency Dept. on Friday

  • U.S. Sen. Tom Carper will be in Middletown tomorrow to talk Medicare with local seniors and to tour Christiana Care Health System’s new Middletown Emergency Department.
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  • U.S. Sen. Tom Carper will be in Middletown tomorrow to talk Medicare with local seniors and to tour Christiana Care Health System’s new Middletown Emergency Department.
    Carper is slated to first visit the M.O.T. Jean Birch Senior Center on South Scott Street, where he will be discussing the Affordable Care Act’s effect on Medicare’s prescription drug benefits, as well as urging seniors to review and possibly make change to their coverage before the open enrollment period ends on Saturday.
    The visit will be part of a statewide tour that Carper (D-Del.) has making in recent weeks to discuss Medicare some of the 150,000 enrollees in the First State.
    During his stops, Delaware’s senior U.S. senator has been reminding seniors that the Affordable Care Act has helped to fill Medicare Part D’s coverage gap, or “donut hole,” by providing a 50-percent discount on covered brand name drugs, as well as wellness checkups and access to certain preventative care screenings with no co-payments.
    Previously, Medicare enrollees were required to pay out of pocket on all prescription drugs costs after their total pharmacy spending had reached $2,700 and before it hit $6,154.
    Following his stop at the senior center, Carper will tour the Middletown Emergency Department off of Del. Route 299.
    The $34-million facility has averaged about 60 patient visits per day since opening in mid-April, or about 30 percent more than was initially anticipated.

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