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Deadline for Prescription Drug Enrollment Plan Approaches

The clock is ticking for Medicare beneficiaries wishing to enroll in a prescription drug coverage plan by the May 15 registration deadline. Susan Dentzer of the NewsHour's Health Unit reports on the prescription drug coverage countdown.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    Finally tonight, the prescription drugs story. It's reported by Susan Dentzer of our Health Unit, a partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

  • HEALTH INSURANCE ADVISER:

    These are just the names of the plans and the companies that provide the plans.

  • SUSAN DENTZER, NewsHour Health Correspondent:

    The clock is ticking for Medicare beneficiaries. Most have until May 15th to sign up for prescription drug coverage before penalties kick in.

  • HEALTH INSURANCE¬†ADVISER:

    It looks like your cheapest annual cost that you can get away with is this one right here.

  • SUSAN DENTZER:

    With the approaching deadline, Vernon and Doris Jones came to a recent seniors' health fair in Chesapeake, Virginia, to sign up. The couple takes about 16 drugs between them, he for conditions like high blood pressure, she for the early stages of Alzheimer's.

  • VERNON JONES,¬†Medicare Enrollee:

    Time was running out, getting close, so we was kind of worried about, if we stayed where we was at and let the time run out, what would the circumstances be, you know, would it be much more or could we get another plan?