The majority of seniors (64%) said they followed the Medicare reform law closely. However, only 15% understood it very well, according to a survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The survey found that as of Feb. 8, 77% of those polled (68% of seniors) did not know that Congress passed the bill in December and President Bush signed it into law, Kaiser reported.
“The lack of understanding of the prescription drug law makes it ripe for political demagoguery on both sides as we enter the election season,” Kaiser CEO Drew Altman said in a statement.
Princeton Survey Research Associates International called 1,201 adults for the survey, including 237 over the age 64. To see the survey, go to: www.kff.org/kaiserpolls/pomr022604pkg.cfm.