To the Editor: Although Medicare Part D has improved access to prescription medications, drug costs remain a problem for many older adults.1 The Medicare low-income subsidy program (Extra Help) and state-sponsored pharmaceutical assistance programs can help seniors mitigate this problem by providing cost-sharing or Part D premium assistance, yet they are underenrolled by as much as 50%,2,3 possibly due to lack of awareness. We assessed a diverse sample of inner-city seniors for rates of awareness of New York State's Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC), established in 1987, and Extra Help, established in 2006.
Low Levels of Awareness of Pharmaceutical Cost-Assistance Programs Among Inner-City Seniors. JAMA. 2008;300(12):1412-1414. doi:10.1001/jama.300.12.1412