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Denenberg joins with Senior Citizen Affairs to help
seniors navigate the new Medicare Part D program

January 17, 2006

Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick), together with the County’s Office of Senior Citizen Affairs, has announced two informative county-funded seminars geared at helping seniors navigate the new Medicare Part D drug plans.

The new Medicare prescription drug plan, which went into effect on January 1st, has been causing delays and frustration for many residents as the program continues to be initiated nationwide. The presentation is part of a series of meetings that will be hosted across Nassau County over the next several months.

"I am concerned that the federal government changed Medicare benefits without providing seniors with the information necessary to navigate through the beaurocracy,” Legislator Denenberg said.  “While the county did not set these changes, it pays much of the costs due to federal and state mandates, and it will make every effort to provide county residents with the information that the federal government should have provided."

Denenberg also noted that these programs are part of his ongoing commitment to provide public meetings and forums to his constituency.  Throughout the past several months, "seniors have asked me to help them understand these changes because the federal agencies have not helped -- and that is exactly what I am going to do," Denenberg stated.

Questions may be directed to Legislator Denenberg’s office at 516-571-6219.

Dates for Medicare Part D Presentations scheduled in 19th LD:

  *January 31st 1:30 p.m.
Seaford Life Enrichment, Seaford Library,
2234 Jackson Avenue, Seaford, NY 11783

*February 15th 1:30 p.m.
League of Women Voters, North Bellmore Library,
1551 Newbridge Road, North Bellmore, NY 11710