Poll: Less than half of elderly to enroll in drug plan by May
Less than half of seniors eligible for the Medicare prescription drug benefit have enrolled or plan to enroll by the May 15 deadline, according to a new poll.Just 45% of eligible seniors have enrolled in the Medicare benefit or plan to enroll by the deadline, the Kaiser Family Foundation found in a tracking poll. Pollsters also discovered that 29% do not plan to enroll and 23% are unsure whether they will participate — that's more than half, the Kaiser researches noted.
Many seniors still have an unpopular view of the benefit, the poll found. A total of 45% of seniors said they have an unfavorable view of the drug benefit, compared with 23% who have a favorable view, according to the poll results. In Aug. 2005, the same amount of elderly Medicare beneficiaries — 32% — viewed the benefit favorably as well as unfavorably.