November 15, 2006
Worry and concern usually looms over the head of millions on April 15th because of taxes, but for many senior citizens November 15th brought a lot of trouble because of medicare.
Just about everyone who depends on the program knows open enrollment kicked off, and are seeking help with signing up for it.
Millions of senior citizens are on medicare. Some of them have been for a while. Many of them dealt with signing up for the new prescription drug program earlier this year, and have stopped thinking of its painful process until now.
"To try to figure it out at home is the most complicated thing in the world," said Medicare Participant Janet Pier.
Seventy-five year old Janet Pier has been a part of medicare for a decade. There have been a lot of changes in those ten years, but nothing like open enrollment for Medicare Part D.
Pier turned to the Jefferson Area Board of Aging for help with the sign-up.
"These volunteers are amazing that they can sort through all the plans with all these drugs, and do it in a half-hour, or 45 minutes," added Pier.
The volunteers at JABA helped pier sort through more than 50 prescription plans. All of which can seem a bit too complicated for those it was created to help.
"The real change, to put it into layman's terms is that the process of signing up is more simple and more stream-lined," said Gordon Walker of the Jefferson Area Board of Aging."
JABA volunteers will be helping all seniors sign-up for Medicare Part D until December 31st.