September 12, 2005

Crapo Applauds New Medicare Information Website

Expanded information on Medicare prescription drug plan available

Washington, DC â??Idahoâ??s seniors will have greater access to help in signing up for the new Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage program through several efforts, including a newly launched website dedicated to providing easy to understand information about the program. Idaho Senator Mike Crapo applauded the launch of the website, www.maprx.info, which is sponsored by the MedicareRx Connect, a network of patient, family caregiver and professional organizations as well as the efforts of all helping to get the word to seniors about the Medicare prescription drug plan. â??With the enrollment period coming up soon, it is imperative that our seniors have the information they need to take advantage of all the benefits available to them,â?? Crapo said. â??Idaho is already on top of making sure our seniors know about this new option, beginning with a public service announcement for volunteers to help educate seniors, to which dozens have answered the call. This website provides an additional resource for the nearly 200,000 Idaho seniors to understand how the program will work, how to sign up, and what they can expect by way of benefits.â??Enrollment for the Medicare Part D program begins November 15th and those who are currently eligible for Medicare will receive information regarding prescription drug plans in October. Additionally, in another effort to educate seniors on this upcoming prescription drug option, The Medicare Access Network of Idaho will sponsor an information session for all potential beneficiaries in Idaho, October 4th in Boise.