Bush Administration Head of Medicare Joins Rep. Linda Sánchez to Help Explain Presciption Plan to Local Seniors

March 21, 2006
Press Release
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WHITTIER- On Tuesday, Dr. Mark McClellan, Federal Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) attended a special informational session and assistance clinic, organized by Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez (D-Lakewood) entitled "Coping with Medicare Part D." The clinic was a forum for seniors to get information from various agencies on how to pick the best plan and acquire the best coverage plan. Around 70 seniors attended the event.

"I did not support the new Prescription Drug Benefit," said Congresswoman Sánchez. "But now that it is law, we need to help seniors figure out how to use the program. I am happy that we were able to do that today with the assistance of Dr. McClellan and his staff."

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Center for Healthcare Rights, and My Medicare Matters were also on site to provide answers to seniors and help them sign up for plans at no cost. The official Medicare bus, with experts and live computers, was also on hand to help seniors sign up for their plan on site.

"The turnout at today’s event exemplifies the confusion that many have had with the new system. Because of this I think we need to extend the sign up deadline and change the plan so that it helps to reduce drug costs, offers clear choices, and works for the people that really depend on Medicare," added Congresswoman Sánchez.

For more information on signing up for Medicare plans, please call Congresswoman Sánchez’ district office at 562-429-8499 or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid at 1-800-MEDICARE (633-4227).

"At today’s event seniors got some of the answers they needed to get themselves on the road to picking their best plan by the May 15th deadline. After years of hard work, they deserve no less," concluded Sánchez. sanchez_medicare.jpg