Late fee waived for Medicare Part D

CNJ Staff

Low-income Medicare beneficiaries in New Mexico who are not getting federal prescription drug benefits can still apply for prescription coverage without a late fee, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.

The Department of Health and Human Services has eliminated 2007 Medicare Part D late enrollment penalties for low-income Medicare recipients, the release reads. As a result, low-income Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan anytime through Dec. 31 with no penalty.

Low-income beneficiaries are generally defined as individuals with $11,710 in combined savings and investments and couples with $23,410.

Information is available by calling the Social Security Administration at (800) 325-0778 or visiting www.socialsecurity.gov. Bilingual access to 2007 Medicare plans and information is available at mymedicare.gov and (800) MEDICARE (633-4227).