Medicare Part D 2008 Open-Enrollment Begins

Press Release

Date: Nov. 15, 2007
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Drugs

Medicare Part D 2008 Open-Enrollment Begins

November 15th, 2007 - WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Co-Chairman of the Florida Congressional Delegation, reminds seniors that the 2008 Medicare Part D open-enrollment begins today, November 15, 2007 and ends on December 31, 2007. Medicare prescription drug coverage is available to all seniors, but seniors must choose to enroll in a plan. Open enrollment is a very important time for people with Medicare to make the most of their benefits.

"Medicare Part D is delivering lower drug costs and improved health benefits to our seniors," said Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart. "For seniors who have not yet enrolled, I encourage them to sign up now and start saving. For those seniors who have already enrolled, I would urge them to review their current plans to ensure that they are making the most of their benefits," concluded Diaz-Balart.

It is now easier for beneficiaries to compare Medicare drug and health plan options. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offers two new online tools to help beneficiaries find the prescription drug plan that is right for them. Using the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan finder, beneficiaries can now locate plans based on feature that they find most important, such as premiums, low or no deductibles, coverage in the gap, or estimated total annual costs. The Formulary Finder matches beneficiaries and plans based on the drugs the individual needs and the coverage offered by the plan. For more information, seniors should visit or call 1-800-MEDICARE for personalized assistance.