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Most Eligible Missourians Enrolled in Medicare Drug Program

House Majority Whip Roy Blunt was in Springfield today to announce how many seniors in his Southwest Missouri district signed up for the Medicare prescription drug benefit, known as Medicare Part D by the May 15th deadline. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

House Majority Whip Roy Blunt was in Springfield today to announce how many seniors in his Southwest Missouri district signed up for the Medicare prescription drug benefit, known as Medicare Part D by the May 15th deadline.

During the enrollment period, some seniors complained that the process was complicated.

Blunt says there was plenty help available for seniors interested in enrolling...He says there were other reasons some seniors chose not to enroll.

Blunt announced the enrollment figures during a press conference at the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging, where Dorothy Knowles is executive director.

She and her staff helped seniors enroll in Medicare Part D.

She says there are several reasons that eligible seniors did not enroll.

Missourians who enrolled in Medicare Part D chose between more than 40 drug plans.

Some seniors say the wide array of choices created confusion.

But House Majority Whip Roy Blunt says it's good that seniors had so many options and he says he doesn't expect any providers to leave the program.

The next enrollment period begins November 15th.

Seniors who didn't enroll this spring will face a 1 percent penalty for each month they delayed their enrollment.

Information on the Medicare Part D program is available online at www.medicare.gov