Medicare Part D deadline looms for some LI seniors

Long Island seniors are scrambling to enroll in the new Medicare Part D prescription drug plan before the deadline Monday. Officials say just under 20 percent of eligible Long Island residents still

News 12 Staff

May 12, 2006, 10:30 PM

Updated 6,643 days ago

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Long Island seniors are scrambling to enroll in the new Medicare Part D prescription drug plan before the deadline Monday.
Officials say just under 20 percent of eligible Long Island residents still have not signed up for Part D. Many say they find the plan confusing and need help to navigate the maze of programs and options. Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) says 70 percent of his constituents did not understand the new drug plan.
Experts say those who miss the deadline will have to wait until November to join, which will increase monthly premiums at least 6 percent. Israel is asking for the deadline to be extended from May 15 to December 31 without penalty.
Related Information: Medicare.govUnited States Department of Health and Human Services


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