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Good News for One Senior Who Couldn't Afford Her Meds

July 5, 2006 -- Posted at 2:12 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- Mildred Lindley was hit hard by the Medicare Part D drug program when her medicine went from $60 a month to $1,300 a month.

"We scraped the bottom of the barrel and the family paid $1,395," said Lindley.

Thalomid, a drug used to treat bone cancer is Lindley's source of survival.

"We were just afraid that I'd get out of remission," said Lindley.  "We didn't know how long I'd stay in remission without it."            

Lindley was stuck with a $1,300 tab two months ago after falling into what is called 'the doughnut hole.'

"That doughnut hole will kill you," she said.  "That doughnut hole will get you, in fact if you don't know anything about it...and we didn't."         

Ken Gibson of Gibson's Pharmacy in Jonesboro described the doughnut hole is a gap in insurance coverage.

"Medicare Part D will pay for the first $2,000 worth of medications, and then there's no coverage at all from the amount of $2,000 to $5,000," said Gibson.  "After they reach $5,000, the government will pick up 100 percent."    

Lindley's reached the $5,000 mark and is no longer in the hole.  

"I feel blessed," she said.  "I feel lucky...blessed because I just didn't know how I was going to manage."               

She's managing just fine...laughing and enjoying life one day at a time.

"I just thank the Lord I'm still here."

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