(Washington, D.C.) Congresswoman Cathy McMorris (WA-05) announced today that she will be holding two town hall meetings in Newport and Colville to educate Eastern Washington seniors on the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Plan.
Saturday, November 5, 11:00 am
216 S. Washington Ave
Saturday, November 5, 4:00 pm
Stevens County Courthouse Commissioners Hearing Room, #215
215 S. Oak
“In the months ahead, over 102,000 Medicare recipients in Eastern Washington will have the option to begin enrolling in prescription benefit plans,” said McMorris. “As with any insurance program, seniors have options. This can be a confusing, and sometimes complicated process, and I want to ensure that people have the information and resources necessary to make educated decisions. Chances are, we all know someone who is eligible for this new prescription drug program. Whether it is our parents, grandparents or neighbors, we all must pitch in to help them understand these important choices.”
In December of 2003, the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernizations Act of 2003 (MMA) was enacted. In addition to coverage for doctor visits, hospital stays, and life-saving surgeries, Medicare will now cover voluntary prescription drug benefits. Everyone with Medicare is eligible for the new prescription drug coverage, regardless of income level, pre-existing conditions, or current prescription expenses. Consumers can choose from at least ten national plans that cover brand name or generic drugs.
A SHIBA representative will be present to help answer any questions regarding the new Medicare plan. Initial enrollment for Medicare Part D begins November 15th, 2005.