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University of Iowa News Release

April 3, 2006

Center On Aging Web Video Helps Iowans Choose Medicare Drug Plan

The University of Iowa Center on Aging has created an informational video to help Iowans with the forthcoming Medicare prescription drug plan.

The video, "The Medicare Prescription Drug Program (Part D): A Step-by-Step Explanation for Informed Decision-Making," is available for viewing online at the center's Web site, www.centeronaging.uiowa.edu.

People with Medicare have until May 15 to join a prescription drug plan and avoid paying a penalty on future monthly premiums due to late enrollment.

The step-by-step presentation focuses on understanding the Medicare Part D benefit; using the Medicare Drug Plan Finder tool to evaluate and select a plan that best meets an individual's needs; and helpful resources for additional assistance.

The video presentation is led by Mike Klug, J.D., a Center on Aging consultant with extensive experience in Medicare training and policy. The one-hour presentation is divided into five sections so viewers can easily review information or advance to other sections at any time.

Coverage through Medicare's prescription drug program began Jan. 1, 2006 for those who enrolled in a plan. Iowans with Medicare are able to choose from more than 50 different Medicare-approved drug plans sponsored by various private insurers.

This video presentation is a joint production of the UI Center on Aging, the UI Office of Health Science Relations and Klug in cooperation with the Health Assistance Partnership, a national nonprofit organization established to address the needs of the nation's consumer health assistance programs.

The UI Center on Aging fosters and supports interdisciplinary research, education and service throughout the campus and state to improve understanding of the aging process and the health and well-being of older people. For more information, visit www.centeronaging.uiowa.edu

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu.