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Prescription Drug Affordability: An AARP Idaho Survey

Idaho is considering legislation that would establish a state prescription drug discount program to make these pharmaceuticals more affordable to uninsured, low-income residents. While most uninsured Idahoans are working full-time or part-time, they have been affected both by employers not offering coverage and by unaffordable insurance premiums. In this survey of age 18+ Idahoans, 86 percent indicated their support for the state offering a prescription drug discount program for lower income, uninsured residents.

Beyond that, the survey found that Idahoans with health but no drug coverage and those with no coverage at all are more likely than those with full coverage to...

  • be very concerned about affording their prescription drugs in the near future: those with full coverage, 26 percent; health but no drug coverage, 44 percent; no health or drug coverage 38 percent
  • say paying for their drugs is a problem: full coverage, 65 percent; health but no drug coverage, 71 percent; no health or drug coverage, 75 percent
  • be paying at least $100 per month out-of-pocket for their drugs: full coverage, 19 percent; health but no drug coverage, 47 percent; no health or drug coverage, 37 percent

Telephone interviews of 800 age 18+ Idahoans were conducted between August 2 and 15, 2004. The report was prepared by Jennifer H. Sauer of AARP Knowledge Management who may be contacted at 202-434-6207 for further information. (30 pages)

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