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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Understanding Medicare Part D

Consumers Union links to the results of a survey conducted by Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard School of Public Health on seniors' understanding of the new Medicare Schedule D Benefit:

When asked how well they understand the drug benefit, more than six in 10 seniors (61%) say "not too well' or "not at all," while more than one in three seniors (35%) say "very" or "somewhat" well. When asked whether the Medicare drug benefit would help them personally, more seniors say it would not (49%) than say it would (39%).

I don't dispute their findings. But, of the handful of seniors I've talked to about this subject, including one with a master's degree, 100% are totally lost in the process.

I would like to question the geniuses who set up the enrollment process. There had to be an easier way.

As for myself, after taking a few passes at the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder, things are becoming clearer. I think.

Posted by Marie at November 15, 2005 9:44 PM