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Medicare discount card program off to a slow start

June 20, 2004

Albany -- President Bush admits the Medicare prescription drug discount card program hasn't been a total success. In a speech this week in Missouri the president said some Medicare patients are not participating in the program because the procedure to get a card is too complicated. Medicare users we talked to agree.

"It's very confusing because TV tells you three times a day that all you have to do is call this 1-800 number and then when you call they say if you make a certain amount of money you can not have it, "says Martha Harris of Albany.

The program gives medicare patients a choice of 73 cards that offer lower prices for drugs. Fewer than expected people are signing up for the cards, and Democrats are working to fan opposition to the new program.

posted at 6:50PM by scott.hunter@walb.com

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