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>Medicare drug program topic of three forums

Three public forums on the Medicare drug prescription program will be held March 13 in Monroe and Genesee counties.

The forums will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Ogden Senior Center, 200 S. Union St., Spencerport; from 1 to 3 p.m. in Avon Village Hall, 74 Genesee St., Avon; and from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in The Greens, 1 West Ave., Le Roy.

Representatives from the Social Security Administration and from the state EPIC drug plan will be on hand to help seniors determine what plans will best suit their medical needs. Known as Medicare Part D, the plan is part of the Medicare Modernization Act, passed by Congress in 2003.

"This new benefit offered through Medicare Part D will be a great help to our seniors," said Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, sponsor of the forums, "and I am glad to be able to help provide answers to any questions through these forums."

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