Medicare Drug Coverage Deadline for Sign-Up Today
But here’s the kicker: if you do not sign up for a plan, and you are eligible to do so, the Rubber Stamp Republican Congress and the Bush Administration in their infinite wisdom have decided that you must pay a penalty. That’s right — seniors who are already having trouble choosing between being able to pay for their medications or groceries, and who are confused as hell by the idiocy of the multiple plans and pharmacies and drug benefits or not, and who are often at a time of their lives where reading the fine print requires two sets of glasses and still doesn’t make any sense — will have to pay a penalty, every month, for not understanding something that the government can’t even get right.
Here’s the 800 number for information from the DHHS: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).
Be forewarned that, according to the GAO, more than 60% of the seniors who’ve called the helpline have been given the wrong information and are signed up for an inappropriate plan. But hey, signing up for something at least keeps you from having to pay a penalty.
USA Today had a decent round-up article as well.
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