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I was elgible for drug prescription coverage in 2006. I was fortunate and did not need it so I took it only for my wife and not myself. I have not needed it since, but when I joined a new medical health plan for for 2009, (secure horizons) it was part of the plan. I was briefly informed that there could be a penalty for not joining the plan when it was first available to me. I never heard further. In August of 2009 I was informed by my health insurer that I have a penalty of $9.40 per month, FROM JANUARY OF 2009 for not having joined the plan. When I called the insurance company I was told that this penalty is FOREVER and they were not sure if the penalty stopped even if I dropped the drug coverage. Further calls seem to indicate if I drop the plan I will have no further penalty UNTIL I JOIN THE PLAN AGAIN. This is rediculous If I am charged a one time penalty for not having joined the plan at its inception that is one thing, but to have the penalty be forever is absurd. Maybe someone could provide me some suggestions on this, or certainly the AARP lawyers should be looking to get this changed. If this is the same type of thing that might be in the proposed Health Care Plan it should not be approved.