CMS: Part D deadline can't be extended

After months of arguing that it would not extend the enrollment deadline for Medicare Part D, the Bush administration appears to be on the verge of doing exactly that. On Friday, officials said they want to allow some low-income participants to continue signing up after the May 15 deadline passes. Predictably, that news has led to calls from critics for the deadline to be extended for everybody. But the administration is arguing that doing so would be illegal. In today's Wall Street Journal, CMS deputy administrator argues that the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act leaves the White House with few options. Critics in Washington weren't buying the explanation, arguing that if the deadline is extended for one group it should be extended for all.

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