Medicare Drug Deadline, Lifetime Penalties

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If you qualify for the Medicare drug program and don't sign up by today, you'll have to pay lifetime penalties if you want coverage later. President Bush says deadlines provide "finality," but others insist this deadline should be extended because not enough people know about it and because of continued confusion among the seniors and disabled people the plan is supposed to help. Is "Part D" reaching the people who need it most? Is it a windfall for drug and insurance companies? We hear conflicting answers to those and other questions, from journalists, Medicare administrators, private healthcare advocates and Medicare beneficiaries.
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President Bush on securing the US-Mexico border

President Bush to speak on immigration reform

Mexican President Vicente Fox on Bush plan for border

LA Times article on President Bush's allaying Mexico's fears over his plans for the border

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage (800-MEDICARE)

Kaiser Family Foundation's Medicare Policy Project

Families USA on Medicare

US restores diplomatic relations with Libya

NBC on renewal of US-Libyan diplomatic ties



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