WAMC New York News
2:48 am
Fri May 5, 2006

Latest Data Show Large Numbers Failing to Sign-Up for Medicare-D

Plattsburgh, NY – The Bush Administration's major prescription drug benefit program for seniors - Medicare-D - began in January amid chaos and complaints. Many of the implementation problems have been solved, and now advocates are trying to get those eligible to sign up before May 15th. Anyone who signs up after that date will face penalties. But new figures show that in some states a quarter or more of those eligible are ignoring the system. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.