Medicare Part D
For the past few weeks, I've been helping a couple of neighbors and an aunt try to pick which prescription drug program they want/need. This is the most confusing thing I've dealt with in a long while. I worked for the federal government for 25 years and can read bureaucratese pretty well, but this one is a real stinker. We figured out the best one for my aunt, going by the Medicare website and the booklets we had gotten, comparing costs of meds, donut hole coverage, etc. One down, two to go! This certainly isn't one size fits all or even close. We have it narrowed down some for the other two. I'm sending one to her doctor to see if she can use generic prescriptions instead of the brand names he gives her samples of, when he has them. Both were in a medical management project that really helped them with expenses and was very good. That's going by the wayside on 12/31/05, so they need to get one picked real quick. I hope that there's someone around to help me when I have to select one. I just wish that the representatives who passed this thing had to figure it out for themselves. I'm sure if that were the case, it would be much less bum-fuzzling, would not have a donut hole, and Medicare could get contracts for the drugs, like the VA does. Good luck to anyone who's trying to do this.