Public Comment Invited

On King Memorial

The National Park Service is seeking public comment on the area of the District where the planned memorial for Martin Luther King Jr. will be placed. The public can review and comment on the proposal's environmental assessment through mid-September.

In 1996, former President Bill Clinton authorized the memorial to be built, and it was approved in 1999 by the National Park Service, the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC).

The proposed location for the memorial is four acres between the Tidal Basin and Independence Avenue, north of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

A design group from San Francisco won an international competition in 2000 to design the memorial. Once the environmental assessment is completed, the memorial's proposed design will be reviewed by the CFA and NCPC.

The environmental assessment will be available online at parkplanning.nps.gov. Written comments will be accepted until Sept. 19.

Residents Urged to Seek

Medicare Drug Subsidy

D.C. officials have announced steps aimed at helping low-income senior citizens and disabled residents receive a full subsidy for prescription drugs through the new Medicare Part D drug insurance program.

The D.C. Department of Human Services urged eligible city residents to apply for the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program at the department's Income Maintenance Administration. Officials said that will allow the District government to pay the cost of the Medicare Part D coverage, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2006.

The agency also recommended that Medicare recipients select a prescription drug plan by November.

For more information on how to get help paying for the prescription drug coverage, residents should call the Income Maintenance Administration at 202-724-5506.

Those needing assistance in selecting a prescription drug plan can also call 800-MEDICARE or 202-739-0668 to speak with a Medicare insurance counselor.