Just over 80 percent of about 300-thousand Nevadans eligible for Medicare Part D, most of them senior citizens, met a May 15th enrollment deadline. That's according to officials at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Those who met the deadline for one of the state's 44
prescription drug plans were signed up and won't be penalized for
late enrollment. The average premium for those who signed up is 24
dollars a month.
Although state officials say they are pleased with the response,
there's still concern about those who didn't meet the deadline.
Under terms of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003, those who
didn't enroll by May 15th would have to pay a 1 percent higher
monthly premium for each month they delay enrollment.
Some local organizations, such as A-A-R-P Nevada, have joined in
urging Congress to eliminate the penalty.