Wednesday, December 19, 2007

High season for Medicare madness

This is grim, but the story needs to be told. Writing in the Science section of the NY Times this week, Jan Hoffman describes the deadly descent of seniors caught up in the "high season of Medicare madness."

"A few are floundering inside “the doughnut hole,” the coverage gap in the Medicare prescription drug plans, when recipients must pay full cost for medications. As a result, some choose medicine over food; others, food over medicine. Some choose their spouse’s medication over their own. Some split prescriptions with friends or cadge samples from their doctors. Their blood pressure and cholesterol levels are rising; complications from untreated diabetes mount."

This is happening in America. In NY city and throughout the nation.

A fortunate few seniors land at the desk of Frederic Riccardi, described as an attack dog disguised as a health insurance counselor for the Medicare Rights Center.

Read the story.

Makes you wonder what AARP is doing for its 38 million members -- other than selling them insurance.


The South Plainsman said...

AARP is part of the problem, not the solution. I read the other day that there is $45 TRILLION in UNFUNDED liabilities in government programs, including Medicare and Social Security. Even if it is not that much, it is too much to expect our children and grandchildren to pay. But AARP likes the status quo so they can continue to sell insurance. So they will contribute nothing to the debate.

George Phenix said...

I agree. That's why I keep poking AARP. But they are insulated by numbers--and bank accounts.

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