Kildee Calls for Medicare Drug Plan Extension
Seniors Navigating the Confusing Drug Law Face Higher Lifelong Premiums After Monday
Congressman Dale E. Kildee (D-MI) today urged Congress to extend the May 15 deadline for seniors to enroll in the Medicare prescription drug program without incurring a penalty. Leading House and Senate Democrats held an event with seniors on Capitol Hill today to highlight the frustrations many seniors are having navigating the confusing drug program that, in the end, may not save them money on their drug costs. Seniors who do not enroll in a Medicare drug plan by Monday but sign up afterwards would have to pay a higher lifelong premium of 7 percent.
"With the enrollment period for the Medicare prescription drug plan set to expire next Monday, millions of seniors run the risk of paying the price for the confusing and complicated program," Kildee said. "I urge Congress to extend the deadline and avoid punishing seniors for the misfortune of having to try to beat the clock navigate a program created by and for the drug and insurance companies."
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