Help protect funding for programs

Gov. Bobby Jindal has eliminated funding for the Louisiana Aging and Disability Resource Centers (known as LouisianaAnswers.com) and the Louisiana Senior Rx program, if that goes through.

As of July 1, these programs will no longer serve as a one-stop shop or “case manager” for adults with disabilities or aging issues. These programs, which are a free service through area agencies on aging and/or councils on aging, help adults find solutions to issues that threaten their independence or ability to live at home. This program is also responsible for enrolling seniors and adults with disabilities in prescription assistance programs, including Medicare Part D.

Loss of this program is a disservice, and harms seniors and adults, especially those who do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid. Often, this was the only place a family could go to get answers and services to help them remain at home and living an independent life.

As just one example, at the end of 2012, ADRCs/Senior Rx had helped nearly 77,000 adults save over $137 million on more than 1.1 million prescriptions by offering them enrollment services in drug assistance programs, including Medicare Part D or pparx.org.

How much does it cost to run this program throughout Louisiana? Just over $1 million! A real bargain for the state of Louisiana!

Help us save these programs today. Call Kristy Nichols, the Louisiana commissioner of administration, and ask her to restore funding to the Aging and Disabilities Resource Centers/Senior Rx program in the 2013-2014 budget for the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs.

cheron brylski, executive director

Louisiana Women’s Network

New Orleans