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Thursday, September 21st 2006

Plan D Improves

No chance this will get the coverage the catastrophe that was the ‘implementation’ of the Medicare drug plan but new surveys show significant satisfaction with the plan.

J.D. Power and Associates released its survey of more than 3,400 Medicare beneficiaries, three-fourths of whom said they’re satisfied with the federally backed drug plan they picked. The program got off to a rocky start at the beginning of the year, when millions of seniors were frustrated by the sign-up process for the complex benefit or couldn’t get their drugs after they enrolled because of computer glitches. But J.D. Power found that 45% of the seniors surveyed between June and September said they were “delighted” with their new coverage (giving it a 10 on a 10-point scale) while another 30% said they were “pleased” (rating it an eight or a nine). That survey — and three previous ones that came up with similar results — prove that the program “has provided overwhelming beneficiary satisfaction and significant cost savings,” claims Jeff Nelligan, a Medicare spokesman.

I guess McClellan has reason to be pleased.