Prescription drug plan is really a good program


Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 12:16 a.m.
Part D, Medicare prescription drug plan is very confusing but really a good program in many ways. There is a Web site, www.medicare.gov which can make selection and enrollment a fairly straightforward process.
The city and county government and senior groups should set up locations to run this program for those who do not have Internet access. It is possible to produce a form which would lead people through this process and simplify it.
It is very important to make a proper selection. I have run this program for several people and the cost can vary as much as $2,000 in out-of-pocket cost.
The program has some serious flaws but we should give credit to the Congress and the president because it is structured in such a way that very low-income seniors and those on Social Security can have access to drugs with little or no cost and those of us who can afford to pay receive substantial reductions in cost.
Everyone should press legislators to work on establishing a competitive bidding process to establish a fair cost base which would reduce the enormous cost to the government.
Joe G. Dunlap, Gainesville

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