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Seniors Struggle to Sort Through Drug Plan

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Seniors Struggle to Sort Through Drug Plan

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Seniors Struggle to Sort Through Drug Plan

Seniors Struggle to Sort Through Drug Plan

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A month after the launch of the Medicare drug benefit program, many seniors find themselves mired in confusion. A new Gallup poll says just 22 percent of those eligible have signed up. Those who want to participate have to sign up by May 15 in order to avoid a penalty on their premiums.

Guests:

Julie Rovner, NPR's health policy correspondent

Tricia Neuman, a vice president at Kaiser Family Foundation and director of their Medicare Policy Project

Leslie Norwalk, deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services