Seniors urged to carefully choose Medicare prescription plan
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
The study compared formularies and co-pays of more than one thousand Medicare prescription drug plans nationwide.
It found considerable differences in cost-sharing. For example, a senior could pay from 15 to 62 dollars for a supply of a popular blood pressure drug or from 15 to 100 dollars for an Alzheimer's Disease medication.
Trisha Neuman is with the Kaiser Family Foundation.
So there really are huge swings. And you know I'm not talking about some of the more esoteric drugs, I'm talking about the top ten brand name drugs that the Medicare population uses.
Neuman says plans also vary widely in terms of quantity restrictions on specific drugs and pre-authorization requirements. Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.
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