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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Newhouse article re Medicare Part D

About a week or so ago, my mom and I were interviewed by Michele Melendez, a reporter for Newhouse News Service, regarding the Medicare Part D drug benefit. The article appeared today on the Newhouse website: "Medicare Part D Opens New Conversation Between Seniors and Their Grown Kids."

Ms. Melendez first contacted me by e-mail after reading the things I wrote about Medicare Part D on my blog. We later spoke on the phone. A couple days later, she talked to my mom.

It's a well written and interesting article. And, the angle she took with the story is quite reflective of not only the Medicare Part D fiasco, but how aging affects our lives.

Grown children can find this daunting. "It's scary, because it's not like with your own life: If you make the wrong turn, you're the only one responsible for it," said Marie Carnes, 48, of Springfield, Ill.
Carnes didn't have help signing up her mom for a prescription drug plan. She spent hours working through the Medicare Web site until she felt she had found the best option.
Virginia Carnes, 79, said she sometimes feels frustrated relying on her children for tasks she used to do herself, but she's grateful. She trusted Marie, with whom she lives, to handle her drug plan.
"I'm so lucky that she was able to sift through all of that," the older woman said. "I would get things in the mail I didn't understand."

This was my first newspaper interview since my seventh grade science fair. This one turned out much better.

Posted by Marie at January 3, 2006 8:18 PM


What was your project that got you an interview?

Posted by: Kem White at January 4, 2006 6:18 AM

I remember like it was just yesterday. It was on how the eye works. Not a very glamorous sounding topic on the surface. But, one of my demonstrative exhibits was an actual eye. Of course, it was a cow's eye. In a jar. With formaldehyde. Gross and thrilling at the same time.

Posted by: Marie at January 4, 2006 3:14 PM