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Many Seniors Not Selecting Lowest Cost Medicare Drug Plans
Date:3/13/2009

t-run drug plan, rather than having to choose from an array of confusing private plans.

"Talking to folks with Medicare drug plans, the frustration of the selection process and the confusion and the hassle means that even if they have a terrible experience with their plan, they will stick with it," he said. "Even if they know they can get a better deal, they just don't want to be bothered."

The report was compiled using data from pharmacy claims from 2005 and 2006 for Part D enrollees ages 65 and older. The study also examined choices people were likely to make based on their 2006 prescription needs.

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For more on the Medicare drug program, visit the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.



SOURCES: Jonathan Gruber, Ph.D., professor, economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; Tricia Neuman, vice president and director, Medicare Policy Project, Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington, D.C.; Paul Precht, director, Policy and Communications, Medicare Rights Center, New York City and Washington, D.C.; Kaiser Family Foundation report, March 2009 Choosing a Medicare Part D Plan: Are Medicare Beneficiaries Choosing Low-Cost Plans?


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