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May 9, 2006 3:00 AM

Penalties waived for low-income seniors who miss Medicare signup

With pressure mounting to extend next Mondays enrollment deadline for the Medicare prescription-drug benefit, the Bush administration took another small step in that direction Tuesday, waiving penalty fees for very low-income seniors and people with disabilities who sign up late. Officials determined that collecting the fees from poor beneficiaries would cost more than the penalties themselves.

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