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Congressman Says Review Medicare Drug Options

Enroll through Dec. 31

Congressman Doc Hastings encourages Central Washington seniors to carefully review their Medicare Prescription Drug plan options.

Through Dec. 31, seniors without Medicare prescription drug coverage can signup, and those who are already enrolled have the opportunity to change their plan. For seniors who wish to continue with their current prescription drug plan, no action is required.

"The most important part of Medicare prescription drug coverage is that seniors are given choices and can pick the plan that best meets their needs," Hastings said. "I encourage seniors to review their options during the open enrollment window and find the coverage that is right for them."

In 2003 a bipartisan law was enacted, with Hastings’ support, that is providing seniors help paying for the prescription drugs they need for the first in the history of the Medicare program. The voluntary prescription drug benefit offers seniors several choices of prescription drug plans with affordable premiums, low deductibles and extra help for seniors who need it most.

There are many resources available to answer questions and help guide seniors through the process of reviewing available prescription drug plans and choosing one that best meets their needs.

To get started, Hastings encourages seniors to call 1-800-MEDICARE, contact the Statewide Health Insurance Advisors at 1-800-633-4227 or visit www.medicare.gov to read the "2008 Medicare and You" handbook.

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