Saturday, April 4, 2009

Saving money is not always good news

It will be refreshing when I go to a meeting and people present data in a way that tells the full story. Take the recent thrown around fact that we have spent less money on Medicare Part D than had been projected. Isn’t it great that we saved billions of dollars? The reality is that half of the savings come from the failure to enroll all of the modest income persons who are eligible for extra help in paying for their medicines. While the savings may sound good, the challenge remains to enroll all those eligible in a program that helps them get the medicines they need.