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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 31, 2005

Information Sessions On Medicare Prescription Program Set

The University of Iowa Center on Aging and the Department of Social Services at UI Hospitals and Clinics will host information sessions in November on the new Medicare prescription drug program.

The sessions, which are free and open to the public, will be held on the following dates/locations:

-- Nov. 11, 12:10-1:10 p.m., Room S401 in the Pappajohn Business Building (PBB)

-- Nov. 16, noon to 1 p.m., the East Room (room 8008) in the Roy Carver Pavilion at UI Hospitals and Clinics

-- Nov. 30, 4 to 5 p.m., the East Room (room 8008) in the Roy Carver Pavilion at UI Hospitals and Clinics

Coverage through Medicare's prescription drug program will begin Jan. 1, 2006 for those who enroll in a plan. Beginning next month on Nov. 15, Iowans with Medicare will be able to choose from more than 50 different Medicare-approved drug plans sponsored by various private insurers. People with Medicare will have until May 15, 2006 to enroll in a prescription drug plan; enrollment after that date could result in higher premiums over a lifetime.

The UI sessions will provide information to help individuals and families learn more about the new Medicare prescription drug program, drug plan options, costs and available resources. More information is available online at the UI Center on Aging Web site at

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

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5143 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT: Steve Maravetz, 319-335-8033,