FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lynnette Johnson Williams 202.326.1755
May 17, 2006
Medicare Rx Education Network

STATEMENT

The following is a statement by Sen. John Breaux, Honorary Chairman, Medicare Rx Education Network, in response to preliminary enrollment numbers for the Medicare prescription drug benefit:

"Enrollment numbers for Medicare's prescription drug benefit have surpassed all expectations, and that is great news. Over 38 million Americans, representing 90 percent of Medicare's 43 million beneficiaries, now have some form of coverage for their prescription drugs.

"Initially, we were concerned about how many plans would participate and if people would sign up for the program, but the proof is that people are enrolling in huge numbers and surveys are reporting that beneficiaries are satisfied with their plans.

"The program's true success is that this means better health for our country's seniors and people with disabilities."

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The Medicare Rx Education Network provides information and assistance with outreach and enrollment for the new Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit. The network, which includes 70 national organizations, is chaired by former U.S. Senator John Breaux. Members share an interest in educating Medicare beneficiaries about the new Medicare prescription drug benefit and will work closely with the appropriate federal agencies to obtain up-to-date information to ensure that information disseminated by the network about Medicare Part D is factual and accurately conveyed, thereby pre-empting confusion about the benefit and equipping beneficiaries and their caregivers to make informed choices. By sharing information with each other about member organizations’ independent efforts, collaborating on activities, and identifying ways to work together, the network aims to eliminate duplication of efforts and maximize the effectiveness of outreach efforts. The network does not engage in legislative activities or take positions on pending legislative or administrative policies related to the Part D benefit and its implementation.

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