I worked for the state of Maryland for 14 years as a family service worker in both the Foster Care and Child Protective Service departments in Harford County. In these roles, I protected the children of this and other counties. I was forced to retire after having a stroke and the state could no longer use my services. Now, I find that my drug benefits are being terminated (“Politics and prescription drugs for Maryland government retirees,” June 25). I am extremely upset about this. My husband and I just spent over an hour entering our drugs into the Medicare system to find out which plans are available and their costs. This is ridiculous. If I were able to do that I could still be taking referrals of child abuse and neglect! Makes me wonder why I worked so hard and long for the state forgoing salary increases and enduring furloughs.
Please help us keep our well-earned benefits. I spoke with a Medicare representative this morning and I will not be able to afford some of my medications after the drug program ceases to exist. Instead, I will have to apply for Medicaid and look for reduced rates from drug manufacturers.
What a way to treat me.
Darlene Greezicki, Bel Air