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THE NEW MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE: HOW WELL DO SENIORS UNDERSTAND THE PROGRAM?

by Linscott, Abbe Elaine

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The purpose of this research is to explore the views, perceived knowledge, actual knowledge and access to information of seniors regarding the new Medicare prescription drug benefit. This program, enacted in December 2003, is designed to add prescription drug coverage to the benefits provided by Medicare. Structured telephone interviews were conducted with a random sample of 87 seniors. Information regarding participants’ impression, knowledge levels, and access to information in relation to the program was gathered and analyzed. Findings suggest a lack of knowledge and confidence by beneficiaries concerning the program. On average, participants correctly responded to 5 out of 8 true/false statements, which tested their knowledge of the program and over half indicated that they did NOT understand the program well or at all. Since this is a benefit that could have a crucial impact on the lives of older adults, the implications of low knowledge and confusion are significant.
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School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:medicare knowledge prescription drug benefit modernization act beneficiaries

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Date of Publication:01/01/2006

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