If you are enrolled in a prescription drug plan, the threat of the "doughnut hole" hovers in the background. The prescription drug coverage gap, or doughnut hole, starts when your total drug costs, including what you and your plan have paid, reach $2,930. In the past, most people had to pay the full cost of their drugs in the coverage gap. However, because of the Affordable Care Act, the government now helps you pay for your drugs in the coverage gap. In 2012 you will receive a 50 percent discount on brand name drugs and a 14 percent discount on generics. These discounts will increase each year until 2020, when the coverage gap will close and you will pay no more than 25 percent of the cost of your drugs at any point during the year.

Once you get in the coverage gap, are you stuck there forever? No. You get out of the coverage gap when you have paid $4,700 in out-of-pocket costs for covered drugs since the start of the year. Your drug plan will keep track of how much money you have spent out-of-pocket on your medications. This information should be printed on your monthly statements. To make sure this information is correct, keep your receipts from the pharmacy.

Need some additional help in paying for prescriptions? The federal program known as Extra Help is available for persons with limited incomes. Monthly income guidelines are up to $1,396 ($1,891 for couples) and assets up to $13,070 ($26,120 for couples). Contact Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or the senior center at 272-3620 for an appointment for more information and help in applying.


Do your children or grandchildren need transportation this summer? We can help. Finney County Transit will once again offer "Youth-Go-Free" beginning Friday. All young people age 16 and younger can ride Transit buses with unlimited rides for free. Youth 10 and younger must be accompanied by a passenger age 16 or older. Take advantage of the buses to get to activities, the zoo, swimming pool, Kids College, Garden City Recreation, YMCA and more. Buses run from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call Finney County Transit at 272-3626. They get you where you need to go!

Thanks for help

This year, 2012, is the 40th anniversary of Meals on Wheels in Garden City. Many thanks to the First United Methodist Church volunteers and Duane Riley who delivered Meals on Wheels last week.

Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Join us Saturday, June 2, for the Beef Empire Days Meals on Wheels Poker Run. For more information, call 272-3620.

Scheduled activities

Thursday begins with TOPS at 8:30 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercise begins at 11 a.m. The free lunch begins at noon. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday starts Youth Go Free for the summer. Line dancing begins at 8:30 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to noon. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Fiddlers, Pickers Singers meet from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday, the senior center and Finney County Transit are closed for the Memorial Day holiday. Services resume on Tuesday and the regular time.

Tuesday has gentle exercises at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.

May 30 begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Pinochle begins at 12:30 p.m. Life Writing is at 1 p.m. The dance at 7:30 p.m. will feature "The Last Resort." The recommended donation is $5 per person. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday (free lunch): Turkey and gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, wheat roll, fruit gelatin salad.

Friday: Chili or beef stew, tossed salad, crackers, cinnamon roll, apricots.

Monday: Closed.

Tuesday: Smothered steak, scalloped potatoes, tomatoes, wheat roll, cinnamon apples.

May 30: Taco salad with salsa, corn, tortilla chips, ambrosia.

Check out our website at www.seniorcenterfc.com.