Additional million seniors, disabled enroll in drug program
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In recent months, more than 1 million seniors and disabled people have enrolled in the prescription drug program offered through Medicare, the Bush administration said Wednesday.
The program just completed an open-enrollment season that allowed seniors to enter the program Jan. 1. The update increases the enrollment in private plans from 22.5 million to 23.5 million.
In addition, businesses get a tax credit when they offer prescription drug coverage for their retirees. The number of Medicare beneficiaries getting drug coverage through that subsidy increased from 6.9 million to nearly 7.1 million. Some analysts had predicted a gradual decline in that category.
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