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Opinion Poll Examines Seniors' Knowledge, Understanding Of Drug Benefit

April 26, 2017

"African Americans and Medicare Part D: Knowledge, Understanding and Enrollment Intentions," Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies: The JCPES and Pfizer conducted an opinion poll of about 1,120 seniors about the Medicare prescription drug plan from Nov. 28 through Dec. 29, 2005, "to examine public knowledge ... and understanding" about the program prior to its implementation on Jan. 1. The poll finds that 48% of black seniors and 25% of white seniors had received no information on the drug benefit and that 34% of blacks and 27% of whites did not know low-income subsidies were available for the benefit. The poll also finds the main reasons seniors enrolled in the benefit were because the program was a good value, they needed drug coverage and had high drug costs without coverage. The main reasons seniors gave for not enrolling were that they had existing drug coverage or believed that the plan would not save money (Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, "African Americans and Medicare Part D: Knowledge, Understanding and Enrollment Intentions," April 2006). More information about the poll, including case studies and regional data, is available online.

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