Findings from a random telephone survey of Nebraskans age 50 and older about their experiences with prescription medication and their opinions regarding the possible development of a state Prescription Drug Assistance Program. Of those surveyed...
- 48 percent report experiencing problems paying for their medications (the median monthly out-of-pocket expense is $75)
- 78 percent support Nebraska establishing a state-funded Prescription Drug Assistance Program for persons needing help with their medication costs even if they themselves might not be eligible for benefits under the program
- 63 percent feel creating such a program should be a top or high priority for the Nebraska Legislature
- 79 percent support financing the program's cost through resources available in the Health Care Trust Fund, and 64 percent favor financing the program through a 30 cents-a- pack increase in the cigarette tax
Between May 31 and June 12, 2002, Woelful Research, Inc. interviewed 804 age 50+ Nebraskans by telephone. The report was prepared by Anita Stowell-Ritter of AARP Knowledge Management who may be contacted at 202/434-6205 for further information. (24 pages)