Cognition and Take-up of Subsidized Drug Benefits by Medicare Beneficiaries

JAMA Intern Medicine: May 6, 2013

Importance  Take-up of the Medicare Part D low-income subsidy (LIS) by eligible beneficiaries has been low despite the attractive drug coverage it offers at no cost to beneficiaries and outreach efforts by the Social Security Administration.

Objective  To examine the role of beneficiaries’ cognitive abilities in explaining this puzzle.

Design and Setting  Analysis of survey data from the nationally representative Health and Retirement Study.

Participants  Elderly Medicare beneficiaries who were likely eligible for the LIS, excluding Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income recipients who automatically receive the subsidy without applying. Read more