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CNBC to air program on Medicare Part D; Seniors encouraged to watch it, tape it, talk about it

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 18, 2005  
Contact Information:  Lisa Wallace, (502) 564-6180, ext. 4013  


FANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2005) -- Seniors can tune in to CNBC this weekend for information and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Medicare prescription drug program, called Part D. “Medicare Rx: A National Conversation” airs on Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m. EST, 5:30 p.m. CST.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services produced the 30-minute program to help explain some program basics, such as how it works and what type of plan to choose. The program is hosted by John Palmer, a Medicare citizen trustee, who will lead a lively conversation about this important coverage.

The CMS and the Kentucky Division of Aging Services in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services encourage Medicare members to tune in or tape the program to watch at their convenience and share with friends and family.

“We hope members will be patient, take advantage of resources and opportunities to learn more about plan options and talk to family and their pharmacists so they can make informed choices,” said Bill Cooper, director of the state aging services agency.

Consult your cable or satellite provider to find out if CNBC is available in your area.

Additional information is available on the Medicare Web site at http://www.medicare.gov/pdphome.asp where seniors can access features including:

Cost Estimator

A quick tool that provides an idea of savings available by joining a Medicare prescription drug plan.

Landscape of Local Plans

A matrix providing details of various drug plans. Kentucky’s plan matrix can be viewed at http://www.medicare.gov/medicarereform/mapdpdocs/MALandscapeky.pdf

Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder

An interactive tool to help narrow the search for a Medicare prescription drug plan based on personal preferences such as cost, coverage and convenience.

Formulary (Drug) Finder

Enter the drugs you use to find out which plans cover these drugs.

Enrollment Center

Sign up online for the Medicare drug plan you've selected.

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Editor’s note: Download a PDF format print ad promoting this television program at http://chfs.ky.gov/tvProgramFlyer.htm



 

Last Updated 11/18/2005