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Porter Update
by Jon C. Porter, Third District Congressman

Medicare Part D

I wanted to take this month’s column to talk about an important new window for seniors in Boulder City to enroll in a program that has helped the lives of millions of people across the country.

Medicare Part D is a federal program to subsidize the cost of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries in the United States. This program was enacted as part of the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 and went into effect on January 1, 2006. Seniors wishing to enroll in Medicare Part D will have a new opportunity to sign up with a special enrollment window from November 15, 2007 to December 31, 2007.

Beneficiaries can obtain the Medicare drug benefit through two types of plans: one can join a Prescription Drug Plan for drug coverage only, or they can join a Medicare Advantage Plan that covers both medical services and prescription drugs. Presently, there are 53 Medicare prescription drug plans available to the residents of Boulder City ranging from $12 to $100 per month, allowing participants to choose the plan that best meets their individual needs. There are also over two dozen Medicare Health Plans available to those living in the Boulder City area. One option for those struggling with the cost of prescription drugs is to have a Low Income Subsidy applied to their existing prescription account. Depending on a variety of factors, a member of an existing plan may have their premium paid for, all or in part, and may have a reduced co pay for their medication.

I understand that it can be a demanding process signing up for Medicare programs, and my office is here to help. Medicare Part D is a program that covers both brand name and generic prescription drugs. This program provides protection for those who have high drug costs and helps supplement unanticipated future expenses. If you would like further information on Medicare Part D, or would like assistance in enrolling, please contact my district office in Henderson.

Contact U.S. Congressman Jon Porter at www.house.gov/porter.



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