Are you currently enrolled in Medicare Part A and/or Part
B? Do you feel you are paying too much
for your medications? The new Medicare
prescription drug plan that goes into effect, nation wide, on
Congressman Brady began by telling the seniors that, “This is the first of many workshops I am holding across the district. It is a trial workshop to see what information is needed to help you understand the various Medicare prescription drug plans. I also want to understand your concerns and to listen to what you want.” Those in attendance gave the Congressman a round of applause. “We also have representatives from Medicare and the Social Security here to help you with your questions,” he added.
Enrollment in the new Medicare prescription drug plan begins
The new Medicare plans are different from the current Medicare-approved
drug discount cards, which will be phased out by
Important dates to remember
On September 15, 2005 the new Medicare prescription drug plans will be announced to the public. Mailings and materials will begin to show up in your mailbox.
October 2005 the Medicare & You 2006 Handbook will be mailed to all Medicare households.
November 15, 2005 will signal the start of the Medicare prescription drug plan enrollment. If you enroll between November 15 and December 31, 2005 your prescription drug plan will be in effect January 1, 2006.
May 15, 2006 is the last day to enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan and pay a lower premium.
Congressman Brady emphasized, “You need to find the prescription drug plan that best suits your needs. Enrollment is not automatic. It is important that you study all the information that comes to you in the coming months. If you have any questions call the local Social Security office, the Medicare office or my office. We are all here to help.”
Left to right: Congressman Brady and Commissioner Ed Reinhart explain
the new drug plan to Cornelius (Neal) Hartman
Photo by BONNIE MCKENNA