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Millions in Michigan benefits go unclaimed

DETROIT (WKZO) -- Roughly 250-million dollars a year in Medicare benefits go unclaimed by about 62-thousand senior citizens in the state. These seniors are eligible for up to four thousand dollars in prescription drug coverage, but they are just not applying for it.

According to the Area Agency on Aging 1-B a lot of these are isolated seniors who may not know what’s available to them and many are just intimidated by the forms and red tape. The issue in Michigan reportedly mirrors a national trend that shows just half of the country’s senior citizens who are eligible for all sorts of federal programs, don't even apply for them.