August 03, 2005

CRAPO TO DISCUSS NEW MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT ON â??CAPITOL WATCHâ??

Live statewide cable call-in program airs Tuesday, August 9th

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Corliss Neuber will join Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to discuss the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit program next week on â??Capitol Watch.â?? Crapoâ??s â??Capitol Watchâ?? airs the second Tuesday of each month on most cable access stations in Idaho. The Senate Finance Committee, of which Crapo is a member, has been tasked with funding allocations for the Medicare program. â??This Medicare Drug Benefit will allow seniors the access to vital prescriptions they need to carry on a healthy lifestyle,â?? Crapo said. â??Educating Idahoâ??s low-income seniors is a key priority in helping them take full advantage of this benefit available. This Drug Benefit is a critical part of the Medicare program because we can now help seniors prevent health problems before they are beyond helpâ??s reach.â?? Corliss Neuber has been with the Social Security Administration for 22 years. Corliss became the Public Affairs Specialist for the state of Idaho earlier this year and has been traveling around Idaho to educate health care providers, specialists, and senior organizations about the new Prescription Drug Plan and about extra help for low income Medicare beneficiaries. The program airs from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Mountain/6 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday, August 9th. â??Capitol Watchâ?? will air in the following cities over the following cable channels: Boise/Nampa/Caldwell 11 Coeur dâ??Alene 19 Idaho City 37 Idaho Falls/Blackfoot 19 Ketchum97Lewiston 13 Moscow 11 Pocatello 22 Twin Falls 60 The program is sponsored by the Idaho Cable Telecommunications Association (ICTA) and local cable systems throughout Idaho. Local cable systems provide access and the channel numbers may vary from month to month.