The Federal Government has launched a more user-friendly website that lets Medicare enrollees compare the various prescription drug plans and benefits options offered in their communities. A new five-star rating system lets users compare Medicare prescription drug plans based on access to care, quality of care, customer satisfaction and other measures. Website users can also compare and sort plans by annual costs – including prescriptions, monthly premiums, coverage levels in the so-called “doughnut hole” and other factors – and view the information in one chart.
The revised site also lets the public see which providers are in which plans and better estimates out-of-pocket spending. It’s also possible now to compare drug plans costs without having to enter in specific information on personal prescriptions. “More than 90 percent of beneficiaries will be able to find at least one plan in their area offering lower premiums than they currently pay,” said Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Kerry Weems.
REVAMPED MEDICARE WEB SITE EASIER TO USE, OFFICIALS SAY
by Larry Lipman
October 16, 2007