Oaks Supports Resolution Extending Medicare Part D Deadline

January 30, 2006

Assemblyman Robert C. Oaks (R,C-Macedon) and his Assembly minority colleagues today passed a resolution requesting Congress extend the deadline for senior citizens to enroll in Medicare Part D without penalty from May 15 to October 15.

“Seniors across my district have found enrolling for this valuable benefit extremely confusing,” noted Oaks. “Under the current plan, anyone who enrolls after May 15 faces a cumulative penalty of 1 percent per month, and this penalty would be applied to their monthly fees for the rest of their lives. By extending the deadline, seniors will be able to take the time they need to make an educated decision on which of the 46 coverage plans New York offers is right for them.”

The resolution will be sent to President George Bush, Speaker Dennis Hastert and New York’s congressional representatives.