Regence Expands Educational Seminars During Medicare Part D Annual Election Period

Medicare Beneficiaries Can Learn More About Range of Options That Also

Include MedAdvantage Plans From November 15 Through December 31, 2006

Oct 09, 2006, 01:00 ET from Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon

    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
 benefit program.
     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 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 .

SOURCE Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon