Most seniors dislike new prescription drug bill

Sunday, March 7, 2004

March 8, 2004

MENLO PARK, Calif. - Nearly three out of four seniors who are knowledgeable about the new Medicare prescription drug law (MMA) say they have an unfavorable impression of the new act, according to a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation and released Feb. 26.

Seniors’ distaste for the new drug benefit runs counter to the AARP’s, which embraced the new legislation last fall and hailed its passage last December.

The Kaiser survey polled more than 1,000 adults nationwide, including 237 adults aged 65 or older.

Despite the welling disgruntlement over legislation that the Bush administration planned to laud in the presidential election campaign, few observers expect the general discontent to result in legislation that would render the MAA more palatable.

At the AAHomecare Leadership Conference in San Diego in late February, former CMS Administrator Tom Scully made no bones about his belief that no Medicare or Medicaid bill would come to life in Congress this year.