Rep. Ruth Briggs King reminded constituents that, due to budget cuts this year, the Delaware Prescription Assistance Program is coming to an end.

As a result, Briggs King is letting DPAP participants know about suggested next steps for enrollees.

The program will officially be eliminated Aug. 31.

The DPAP program was cut from the new fiscal 2018 state budget, as per Gov. John Carney’s recommendation. The governor recommended eliminating the $2.5 million program as part of a larger plan to close a budget gap that totaled $364 million in June.

Current recipients of DPAP will continue to be covered through Aug. 31, according to the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. Before that date, DPAP recipients can adjust their Medicare Part D plans to compensate for this lost benefit. The Medicare Part D premium that will be paid by DPAP will be the August premium. However, DPAP participants will be responsible for the premium payment, effective Sept. 1 and thereafter.

Those who are currently enrolled in DPAP will be able to change their Part D plan to one with a lower premium by calling Medicare at 800-633-4227. Participants are asked to tell Medicare that they are currently enrolled in a Qualified State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program.

A Q&A sheet prepared by DHSS is available at facebook.com/ruthbriggsking1, which is intended to help participants make the transition.

For more, call 800-996-9969.