Survey Reveals Seniors Confusion about Medicare

A survey, sponsored by Minnesota-based UnitedHealthcare and the National Council on Aging, surveyed 1,000 people 65 and older and 500 people between 60 and 64.  A few of the findings:

  • More than half of people 60 and over said they are confused by the federal program or they don’t understand it at all.
  • About 20 percent already enrolled in the program don’t know what type of coverage they have.
  • Even though many seniors reported being worried about household finances and their ability to pay for health care costs, more than two-thirds of those eligible for programs that would help them pay for their premiums, deductibles and copays had never heard of them.
  • More than two-thirds of seniors were unaware of new discounts from the health care overhaul law that could save them money on prescription drugs. Since the beginning of this year, the law provides discounts of 50 percent on brand-name drugs and 7 percent on generic drugs for some seniors caught in the coverage gap.

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