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Why People Love Their Medicare Drug Coverage
Posted By Tamara Lytle On September 27, 2013 @ 2:59 pm In Washington Watch | Comments Disabled
Medicare’s drug coverage gets a 90 percent satisfaction rating from people who use it.
Medicare Part D, in short, gets an A from beneficiaries. Pretty good for a program that barely squeaked through Congress 10 years ago.
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“Ten years after becoming law, it is clear that seniors remain happy with their Part D coverage and that the program is meeting their healthcare needs,” said Mary R. Grealy, the council’s president.
Robert B. Blancato, national coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition, points out in the Huffington Post that Medicare Part D costs are 40 percent less than expected and that premiums next year will be about $31 a month - half what was originally expected. “By just about any metric, Part D has exceeded expectations,” he says. “More than 30 million Americans have affordable access to medications through the program.”
Blancato and the Healthcare Leadership Council both argue that Congress should take the high satisfaction rates into account before considering any proposed changes in Part D.
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