WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon January 23, 2006
Medicare Gliches In Kentucky
Louisville, KY – Kentuckians are having their share of problems with the new Medicare drug program that began January 1st.
But the president of the Kentucky pharmacists Association says the problems are starting to ease.
Leon Claywell says the glitches stem from the lack of time between the start of the enrollment in November to the kickoff. He says it wasn't possible to get that many people enrolled in that amount of time.
The new drug program is funded by the federal government and sold by private insurers.
A survey by the Kentucky Pharmacists Association found problems had occurred in filling nearly 70% of the prescriptions in the program's first week.
Claywell says problems have eased recently, partly because Medicare has assigned more than 4,000 additional operators to take pharmacists' calls.