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'Bob Dole on Medicare' Campaign Launches Podcast to Educate Medicare Beneficiaries and Caregivers

Podcast Advises Seniors on Top Ten Things They Need to Know About Medicare's Prescription Drug Coverage Before 2007 Enrollment

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- With the start of enrollment for Medicare prescription drug coverage in 2007 quickly approaching, former Senator Bob Dole announced today the launch of a Medicare podcast to educate beneficiaries and their caregivers about the enrollment process. The weekly podcast, titled Ten Things Seniors Need to Know about Medicare's Drug Coverage, provides seniors and people living with disabilities an important source of information about the drug benefit prior to the 2007 enrollment period, beginning on November 15, 2006. The podcast can be found on Senator Dole's Medicare campaign Web site, http://www.bobdoleonmedicare.com/, as well as on iTunes and other podcast directories.

"With a little over three months until the start of the sign-up period, now is the time for seniors to learn about their options and decide if they want to enroll," said Senator Dole. "Seniors need to look at their current prescription drug coverage and determine if they could save more money by switching to Medicare's program. Those currently enrolled in a Medicare drug plan should assess whether they can get better coverage by switching to a different plan."

With 38 out of 43 million eligible Medicare beneficiaries now receiving drug coverage, first year enrollment far surpassed the expectations of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Senator Dole is optimistic about enrollment as the second year of the program draws near. "If seniors learn and examine their options before the enrollment period begins, which this podcast will help them do, we'll experience another successful sign-up period," said Dole.

Joining Senator Dole in the podcast series is Leslie Norwalk, Deputy Administrator for CMS, as well as Medicare beneficiaries, who will give a first-hand account of the their personal experience with Medicare's drug coverage. Together, Senator Dole, Ms. Norwalk and the beneficiaries will address a variety of topics about the drug benefit that will allow seniors to make educated decisions about enrolling or re-enrolling.

To listen to podcast episodes or to view the full episode listing, visit http://www.bobdoleonmedicare.com/. For more information about Medicare prescription drug coverage, beneficiaries should log onto http://www.medicare.gov/, the official CMS Web site, or call the CMS hotline at 1-800-MEDICARE.

Senator Bob Dole served the people of Kansas for over 35 years as both a member of the United States House of Representatives and as a United States Senator. During his years in the Senate, he served as both Majority and Minority Leader, during which time he influenced many of the health care, Social Security and Medicare debates. During his leadership, he also worked to save Social Security in 1983.

Senator Dole's nationwide speaking tour, from which this podcast is derived, is sponsored by Pfizer Inc.

Bob Dole on Medicare Campaign

CONTACT: Scott Shadiow, +1-317-432-9210, for the Bob Dole on Medicare

Web site: http://www.bobdoleonmedicare.com/

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