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March 23, 2006
Medicare Rx Education Network


Statement by former U.S. Senator John Breaux, Honorary Chairman, Medicare Rx Education Network on today's CMS release of updated enrollment figures for the Medicare prescription drug benefit:

"Today's announcement shows that we are on the right track with the Medicare prescription drug benefit. Voluntary enrollment has increased, with almost 2 million beneficiaries enrolling in the past month alone. The continuing increases in enrollment show that seniors are finding that the prescription drug benefit is worth the time and effort it takes to study their options and to make a decision. More and more seniors are taking advantage of the savings and the peace of mind that can come with enrolling in a prescription drug plan.

"Those who haven't yet made their decision about enrollment should remember that the deadline is approaching on May 15. Seniors should keep in mind that there are many resources available to them as they make their decision on enrollment. The Medicare Rx Education Network, along with many other national and community organizations, is ready to assist seniors as they decide whether to enroll, and what they should look for in a plan."

For additional information about the benefit, beneficiaries can speak to a counselor by calling your state’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program or by calling Medicare at (1-800-633-4227).


The Medicare Rx Education Network provides information and assistance with outreach and enrollment for the new Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit. The network, which includes 70 national organizations, is chaired by former U.S. Senator John Breaux. Members share an interest in educating Medicare beneficiaries about the new Medicare prescription drug benefit and will work closely with the appropriate federal agencies to obtain up-to-date information to ensure that information disseminated by the network about Medicare Part D is factual and accurately conveyed, thereby pre-empting confusion about the benefit and equipping beneficiaries and their caregivers to make informed choices. By sharing information with each other about member organizations’ independent efforts, collaborating on activities, and identifying ways to work together, the network aims to eliminate duplication of efforts and maximize the effectiveness of outreach efforts. The network does not engage in legislative activities or take positions on pending legislative or administrative policies related to the Part D benefit and its implementation.

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