AARP polling among its members and the public has consistently found that all age groups consider a prescription drug benefit to be an important part of the Medicare program. Yet, middle aged and older Americans are very conscious of what this benefit might cost. This survey measures their reactions to the cost of a possible Medicare prescription plan, and suggests that any plan that costs beneficiaries more than they currently pay will receive little support.
The data contained in this survey was collected for AARP by Reed Haldy McIntosh through the Market Facts Telenation omnibus survey conducted March 1 through 3, 2002. For the survey, 885 persons aged 45+ were interviewed. The report was prepared by Jeffrey Love, Ph.D., of AARP Knowledge Management. (17 pages)