PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- As the annual election period
for Medicare Part D nears, Regence is ramping up its efforts to educate
Medicare beneficiaries about their options with the new prescription drug
The annual election period runs from November 15 to December 31, 2006.
During this time, Medicare beneficiaries can learn more about their
Medicare Part D options, sign up for the first time or switch to a new
Regence will begin conducting a series of free seminars throughout
Oregon from October through December to help Medicare beneficiaries learn
about their Medicare Part D options. The seminars are a "one stop shop"
where Medicare beneficiaries can learn more about the prescription drug
benefit, have their questions answered and receive assistance with
"Regence is committed to reaching out to Medicare beneficiaries one on
one to help them understand their options and help them choose the plan
that best suits their needs," said Larry Loo, director of Consumer
Marketing for Regence. "We are based in the community, which allows us to
provide Medicare beneficiaries with the personal attention they need to
make the choice that's right for them."
Prescription medications are a key driver of rising health care costs,
Loo said, and Part D is the only federal program that saves people money on
their medications. Medicare beneficiaries may choose Part D as a standalone
plan or they may pair it with a MedAdvantage plan for a simplified benefit
that covers both their medical and prescription costs. Regence's
comprehensive seminars will help Medicare beneficiaries sort through these
options to decide which one might be right for them.
The annual election period offers those Medicare beneficiaries who are
have just become eligible for Medicare Part D or those who are looking to
switch plans an opportunity to do so without incurring a penalty.
"This is a great opportunity to explore your options. We hope the
Medicare beneficiaries in our community will take advantage of this
opportunity to consider their options, whether they are new to Medicare
Part D or looking to switch to a different plan," Loo noted.
Regence will hold educational seminars throughout Oregon from October
to December. Some upcoming seminars include, but are not limited to, the
Tuality Health Education Center (Hillsboro) Wednesday, October 11, 1 p.m.
334 SE Eighth Ave.
Corvallis Clinic Thursday, October 12, 2 p.m.
3680 SW Samaritan Drive, Asbury Bldg., Dining Room B
Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital (Vancouver) Tuesday, October 20, 1:30 p.m.
2211 NE 139th Street, Conference Room B
Hilyard Community Center (Eugene) Thursday, October 26, 10 a.m.
2580 Hilyard Street, Conference Room
Regence Office in Medford Friday, October 27, 11 a.m.
2057 Commerce Drive
Additional seminars are planned for Oregon through December.
Registration is required. Medicare beneficiaries may call 1-888-REGENCE
(1-888-734-3623) or visit www.or.regence.com for more information or to
register for a seminar.
About Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon provides medical, dental and
related coverage for about one million members in Oregon and in Clark
County, Washington. It's part of the Regence Group, the largest affiliation
of health plans in the northwest and intermountain states, collectively
covering nearly three million people. The Regence Group and its affiliates
are not-for-profit independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Association. Nearly one in three Americans has health care coverage through
Blue Plans. For more information, visit www.or.regence.com .
SOURCE Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon