Medicare Enrollment Deadline Nearing - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/9/06

Medicare Enrollment Deadline Nearing

Did you know there are more people over age 65 living in Florida than in any other state? That's why President Bush went there Tuesday, to push his Medicare Part D campaign. His concern is the deadline is less than a week away, and there are still more than five million eligible seniors who have not enrolled in Medicare's drug plan.

"We think we'll have another million Americans sign up between now and May 15th," said Mike Leavitt, the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Most low income seniors were automatically enrolled. After May 15th, the rest who try to join will face a one percent per month penalty for signing up late. In Washington, critics are calling on congress to extend the deadline but there's no indication that will happen.

The deadline to enroll in Medicare Part D is this Monday, May 15th.

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