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Rehberg Reminds Montana Seniors to Sign Up for Medicare Part D Drug Benefit, Lauds Improved Enrollment in State

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Rehberg Reminds Montana Seniors to Sign Up for Medicare Part D Drug Benefit, Lauds Improved Enrollment in State

WASHINGTON, DC - Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, reminded Montana seniors today that they have 60 days to sign up for Medicare's Part D prescription drug benefit. Those wishing to participate must sign up by May 15th to be eligible for the lowest premiums.

Rehberg also highlighted news that the drug plan is working for Montana seniors. The average premiums seniors pay for their prescription drug benefits are a third less than expected - just $25 per month instead of the earlier estimate of $37 per month.

"This program is working for seniors across the country and I encourage Montana seniors to enroll before the May 15th deadline," Rehberg said. "Medicare is a commitment by the government to take care of our seniors and we're doing that. Drug costs for seniors have been cut in half since Part D started. I'd say that's good news."

Rehberg noted the number of Montana seniors enrolling in the program rose 13 percent from January to February. It's estimated that 58 percent of the state's eligible participants will have enrolled by the end of 2006.

"The most important message for seniors concerning the Medicare prescription drug benefit plan is that it's voluntary - beneficiaries are free to choose whether or not they want to participate," Rehberg said. "Beneficiaries need to know that if they're receiving coverage from a former employer or prefer their insurance provider's plan, they do not need to enroll in Medicare Part D."

http://www.house.gov/apps/list/press/mt00_rehberg/031606_MedicareD.html

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