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Talent Supports Waiving Penalties for November Medicare Enrollment

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Republican Senator Jim Talent of Missouri is sponsoring legislation to waive penalties for seniors who sign up for the Medicare prescription drug program in November. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Republican Senator Jim Talent of Missouri is sponsoring legislation to waive penalties for seniors who sign up for the Medicare prescription drug program in November.

The initial enrollment period ended Monday. Seniors will have another chance to enroll in November but will face a one percent premium increase for each month they delayed signing up.

Talent says since this is a new program, seniors should have another chance to enroll without penalty.

Talent says there are valid concerns about the potential cost of waiving the penalties.

But he says he doesn't think the cost to the government will be unreasonable.

Talent is up for re-election in November.

His likely Democratic opponent is State Auditor Claire McCaskill, who supported an extension of the May 15th enrollment deadline.