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Stacie Royster                                                                     
Media Relations Manager

          Howard University Hospital Hosts Second
Medicare Part D Seminar

Washington, D.C., January 21, 2006 – In a continued effort to assist seniors in understanding Medicare Part D federal changes which took effect Jan. 1, Howard University Hospital will host a community seminar Tuesday Jan. 24, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Hospital’s Tower Auditorium, 2041 Georgia Avenue, NW.  The seminar, the second in a series, is free and open to the public.  The third Medicare Part D seminar will be held February 15.

The keynote address will be given by Dr. Wallene Bullard, assistant professor & board-certified clinical pharmacist specialist of Howard University School of Pharmacy, followed by a question and answer session with invited panelists from the District of Columbia Department of Aging/Health Insurance Counseling Project, DC Medical Assistance Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. One-on-one consultations will also be available.

The Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) created a new Prescription Drug Plan for Medicare beneficiaries, which is the most substantial change in Medicare benefits since the program was established in 1965. Medicare began to assist with payments for outpatient prescription drugs through private insurance plans in January.

“There is so much information and confusion for our patients in navigating the system regarding Medicare Part D. We (HUH) plan to host monthly seminars throughout the enrollment period (until May) to assist our patients and community in choosing the best option for him/herself or a loved one,” said Bullard.

For more information or to schedule an individual session, contact Dr. Wallene Bullard at 806-4204 or e-mail

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, seven Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at


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