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AARPSegundaJuventud.org Launches Bilingual Channel on Prescription Drugs

Offers Spanish and English articles and an interactive Medicare Drug Benefit Calculator

Spanish-speaking seniors now have a new online resource for information about Medicare and the new Rx Drug Benefit. AARP Segunda Juventud online has launched a bilingual Rx Drugs channel featuring the latest information on the Medicare drug program as well as news and guidance about drug prices and safety.

This new channel was designed to help fill the gap in information about Medicare and prescription drugs for the Hispanic community and clear up much of the confusion about this complex topic.

"Providing Hispanic members with tools and information to make their lives better is why AARP Segunda Juventud Online was launched," Editor Gabriela Zabalúa-Goddard says. "Our new bilingual Prescription Drugs channel supports this mission."

The channel (aarpsegundajuventud.org/English/drugs and aarpsegundajuventud.org/Spanish/drugs) offers informative articles and resources including a question-and-answer guide to the discount card program, consumer tips on how to be drug smart, and the latest information on re-importation.

There is also an interactive Medicare Drug Benefit Calculator that lets beneficiaries plug in their current and projected spending levels to get a general idea of how they will fare under the law. Originally created for AARP Bulletin Online (www.aarp.org/bulletin), the calculator has been translated into Spanish to serve the needs of our Hispanic members.

For the past two years, AARP has increased its online presence in the Hispanic community, first with its online version of AARP Segunda Juventud, a quarterly bi-lingual lifestyle publication and then in May 2004 with its Spanish version of the online calculator. While recognizing the diversity within the Hispanic community, AARP offers a single voice that transcends origins and looks at issues affecting the Hispanic 50+ community as a whole.

In addition, AARP has partnered with several Hispanic organizations to help educate Hispanic older adults and their families about the Medicare Rx drug benefit. These organizations include:

  • National Latina Health Network (NLHN)
  • The National Latina Nurses Association (NLNA)
  • Interamerican College of Physicians and Surgeons (ICPS)
  • National Alliance for Hispanic Health

This collaborative outreach effort is especially relevant as lower income seniors get real and immediate cost savings by enrolling in the Medicare program. (Under the new program guidelines, low-income beneficiaries are entitled to a $600-a-year credit on a Medicare-approved drug discount card). Our partners will also distribute educational materials at conferences, through their Web sites to their local media outlets and at community events such as health fairs for example.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to making life better for people 50 and over. We provide information and resources; engage in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy; assist members in serving their communities; and offer a wide range of unique benefits, special products and services for our members. These include AARP The Magazine, published bimonthly; AARP Bulletin, the monthly newspaper; AARP Segunda Juventud, a quarterly, bilingual publication in Spanish and English; NRTA Live and Learn, a quarterly newsletter for 50+ educators; and the website, www.aarp.org. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

To arrange for an interview with the site's editors, please contact Muriel Cooper, 202-434-2560 or mcooper@aarp.org.

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