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Vitale Announces Televised Medicare Part D Meeting

WOODBRIDGE – Senator Joseph F. Vitale today announced that an information session held last week on the new Medicare D prescription drug benefit program will be aired three times this week on television.

Senator Vitale noted that approximately 300 seniors came to the town meeting held at the Cameo Banquet Hall in Woodbridge.

“Many seniors have been calling my office and other Legislators throughout the State with questions about the new Medicare program,” said Senator Vitale, D-Middlesex and Chairman of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. “It’s important that we in New Jersey step up and help our older residents find the best prescription plan for their needs. I trust that those who did attend the session went home with a better understanding of their options. I also hope that we are able to reach out to more concerned seniors when the session airs on television.”

“The Medicare D program will provide additional prescription drug coverage for the senior citizens of New Jersey, but choosing which of the 80 plans is right for them can be frustrating and confusing,” said Senator Vitale.

Those who were not able to attend the meeting will still be able to benefit from the information session, he said.

Senator Vitale noted that the session will run in Woodbridge on public access channel 35 at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16th. The program will also be shown on Saturday, November 19th and Sunday the 20th, both at 1 p.m.

“It’s important that we help the 1.2 million New Jersey seniors sign up for a plan,” said Senator Vitale. “In order to avoid a possible lapse in coverage seniors should get enrolled by December 31st. No senior should be without prescription coverage, and I hope that all older residents take advantage of information that was provided at the session, and on television.

I want to also urge all seniors to choose a plan by the May 15th deadline in order to avoid penalties.”