Leavitt: Providers, others needed in "national conversation" for Medicare drug benefit

08/15/2005 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A "national conversation" is necessary to convince seniors and disabled people to enroll in the Medicare prescription drug program, U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt said last week. Everyone from pharmacists, doctors and caregivers to relatives and clergy should be involved in an effort to explain to Medicare recipients the benefits of the new program, offered through private insurers beginning Nov. 15.

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