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Time Getting Short to Change Prescription Drug Benefit

December 19, 2006

Des Moines, IA - December 31 is the sign-up deadline for anyone who qualifies for the Medicare prescription drug benefit, or to change the plan they picked last year. Kris Gross with Iowa's Senior Health Insurance Information Program says even if you are satisfied with your current coverage, there are plenty of new plans that may save you even more money.

"We've done comparisons for a lot of folks and we have found people saving money by changing plans."

Gross says if you decide to stay with your current plan, just do nothing and it will remain unchanged for next year. She adds that her office does free comparisons for seniors, but they need to make an appointment now for that visit, before the inevitable last-minute rush.

"Of course, the closer they get to the deadline their chances of getting an appointment are going to be less, so I would encourage them to call."

The toll-free number for the Senior Health Insurance Information Program is 800-351-4664. People can also call 1-800-Medicare, a toll-free hotline which is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to do insurance plan comparisons.

Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - IA