Poll Shows Beneficiaries Largely Unaware of New Measures to Close 'Donut Hole'

Dec 09, 2010, 14:51 ET from Medicare Today Coalition

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Medicare Part D program continues to defy its doubters, enjoying strong support among the nation's seniors.  A new survey shows that 84 percent of beneficiaries are satisfied with their coverage and more than 80 percent say their Part D premiums and co-payments are affordable.  However, only one in five seniors are aware that eligible beneficiaries who have drug spending that places them in the so-called "donut hole" will receive a 50 percent discount on brand-name prescription drugs beginning next year.

The survey of 1,243 Medicare beneficiaries conducted by KRC Research was commissioned by the Medicare Today coalition, an alliance of more than 400 national and local organizations committed to providing senior and near-retirees with reliable information on Medicare benefits and program changes.

Mary R. Grealy, president of the Healthcare Leadership Council and co-chair of Medicare Today said the survey research underscores the need for both public and private sectors to continue outreach to the Medicare beneficiary community with information about the Part D program.

Now that the Medicare Part D shopping season in open, beneficiaries have until December 31st to double-check coverage options and make good choices that meet their individual needs.

More information about the Medicare prescription drug program and other important Medicare benefits can be found at www.medicare.gov or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

SOURCE Medicare Today Coalition