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Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
January 19, 2006
Albany - Many South Georgia seniors are still having trouble getting the medicine they need because of problems with Medicare's new prescription plan.
Evelyn Wooten has had seizures since she was two years old and takes 12 different prescriptions.
"For my epilepsy, for my depression, for my arthritis," she says.
Since the first of the year, she's had problems getting these necessary prescriptions filled, and she signed up for the new Medicare program November 29th.
"This paperwork was proof that I'd signed up. I received that last month stating that I could get my medicines," says Wooten.
The new plan, however, requires Wooten to pay a $250.00 deductible that she didn't pay before, and when she tried to fill her prescriptions she had trouble.
"The Medicare Part D program had not actually gotten to the point where we could fill prescriptions. The numbers were not being assigned, the program was actually not functional as of the first of January," says pharmacist David Hays.
Even though Wooten was signed up, the system wasn't showing that. Hays pharmacy gave her several hundred dollars worth of her prescriptions, but pharmacists say that can't continue.
"I have to pay my bills daily and weekly and trying to wait six to eight weeks to get paid for the medication I dispensed is going to be hard and I am a very profitable pharmacy, or excuse me I was," Hays says.
The Georgia Pharmacy Association asked the state for help, but the state doesn't see a problem. The Governor's office wrote a letter stating "Georgia is not spending state money to cover drug costs stemming from problems or confusion with the Medicare prescription drug effort," and "The state has not seen any notable problems."
Evelyn Wooten doesn't agree. She was finally able to find a different pharmacy and a different drug plan, but that pharmacy doesn't deliver like Hays and she doesn't drive. "It is not worth it, what is going on with this government, I know, no one's perfect, but honestly this is such a big mix-up," she says.
Pharmacists say they're just as frustrated as their patients. A lot of the plans don't reimburse pharmacists enough to make a profit, and it's the same for all from the large chains to independent stores.
The Georgia Pharmacy Association says many states have executed executive orders to keep Medicaid programs running to cover patients while problems are worked out.