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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 050-04
September 14, 2004

Medicare Part B Enrollment Announcement

            Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr. and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Dr. Mark B. McClellan will be available to answer questions about the implementation of Section 625 of the Medicare Modernization Act today at 3 p.m. EDT by telephone news conference.

 

            Under the Medicare Modernization Act, the Social Security Administration is automatically enrolling uniformed services beneficiaries in Medicare Part B.  Beneficiaries eligible for these special provisions were identified by the Department of Defense, the Social Security Administration and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

 

            Reporters may call in on 1 (888) 566-5910.  The pass code is "Tricare."  The call leader is Peter Ashkenaz of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.