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Capitol Health Call
October 11, 2006

Waiver of Part D Penalties?

JAMA. 2006;296(14):1720. doi:10.1001/jama.296.14.1720-a

Advocacy groups are urging Congress to pass legislation protecting Medicare beneficiaries by waiving late enrollment premium penalties for Medicare prescription drug coverage.

In letters sent to Senate and House leadership on September 13, more than 40 groups, including the National Council on Aging, Easter Seals, and the Alzheimer Association, argue that people enrolling in Medicare Part D in November or December will pay up to a 7% monthly penalty on premiums for the rest of their lives. The penalty, which could affect up to 1 million enrollees, is equal to a 1% increase in premiums for each month of delayed enrollment.

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