PORTLAND, Ore., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- As the deadline looms for
seniors to enroll in the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Medicare Part D),
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon has announced its three offices will
remain open later than normal on Monday to assist those who have not yet
"Education and outreach is necessary to ensure people understand their
options and the consequences of not enrolling by the initial May 15
deadline," said Alison Nicholson, manager of Individual Sales. "It is our
goal to provide as much outreach as possible so seniors know what their
The company's doors will remain open until 7 p.m. local time Monday in
Portland, Salem and Medford. Knowledgeable staff members will be present at
all locations to assist seniors in enrollment.
Nicholson said surveys show 45 percent of seniors aren't aware of the
May 15 deadline and 53 percent of elderly Americans are unaware that they
face a financial penalty if they delay. The penalty is a 1 percent increase
in monthly premiums for each month of late enrollment.
Prescription medications are a key driver of rising health care costs,
Nicholson said, and Part D is the only federal program that saves people
money on their medications.
Nicholson said there are some important points seniors should consider
when thinking about enrolling. Anyone who is currently spending more than
$600 a year on prescriptions and does not have good coverage through
another plan should sign up for Medicare Part D. Additionally, seniors
should think about their future needs. If seniors spend between $300 and
$600 on prescriptions, they should still sign up because those costs may go
up in the future due to an unforeseen injury or illness.
Locations in Oregon that will remain open until 7 p.m. local time include:
-- Portland, 100 SW Market Street
-- Salem, 201 High Street SE
-- Medford, 2057 Commerce Drive
Additionally, those interested in learning more can call 1-888-REGENCE
(1-888-734-3623). Assistance on the phone is available Monday-Friday from 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time.
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