LINDER ENCOURAGES SENIOR CITIZENS TO SEEK INFORMATION ON MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT PROGRAM
Washington, D.C. - On December 8, 2003, President Bush signed the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act into law. Today is the first day that senior citizens, 65 years old and older, can officially register for Medicare's new prescription drug benefit program. The enrollment period will last from today, November 15, 2005, until May 15, 2006. In order for a senior citizen to become eligible to participate in this program, they need to select a plan and register during the 6-month enrollment period. Formally, the Medicare prescription drug benefit becomes operational on January 1, 2006.
"Starting today, senior citizens in the 7th Congressional District can register to participate in the Medicare prescription drug benefit program, which is also known as Medicare Part D," Linder stated. "I encourage all of the seniors and families in the 7th District to seek out as much information about this program as possible in order to make an educated decision."
"The Federal government has a number of different ways for seniors to get information about the Medicare Part D program," Linder continued. "There are 1-800 telephone numbers, web-pages, and a wide variety of brochures, pamphlets, and booklets, all of which have been designed to help seniors understand how this program works, and what steps they need to follow in order to participate. Senior citizens or families can get a "Medicare and You 2006" handbook by calling 1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227). The same information is available via the Internet at www.medicare.gov."