Medicare Drug Plan - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/19/06

Medicare Drug Plan

Now that seniors are a year into that confusing and somewhat controversial medicare drug plan.  How's it going?

A survey from JD Power and Associates finds three out of four seniors are happy with their drug plan. Even though half are paying the same as they did before, a third pay less and one in five are actually paying more.

The American Association of Retired Persons says that's probably because prices for the most popular drugs for seniors are up about six and a half percent, almost twice the rate of inflation.

Lipitor, Celebrex and Ambien have seen the largest increases. However, remember this, generic drugs barely went up at all.

Meanwhile, the AARP is pushing for legislation to make it legal to buy prescription drugs from Canada. The AARP hopes to get measures in place that would keep prices low, but increase the safety and security in the drugs that come from there.

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