Rural and Urban Differences in Choice of and Satisfaction With Medicare Part D Plans


This brief examines whether rural Medicare beneficiaries are satisfied with their Medicare Part D drug plans and whether there is a difference in beneficiary satisfaction and plan selection experience by rurality.

Key Findings:

  • Less than one in five respondents felt "extremely confident" that they had made the best plan decision. Residents in more-densely populated rural areas were significantly less likely than those in urban areas to be extremely confident.
  • Respondents in more-densely populated rural counties reported significantly lower satisfaction levels with their Part D plans than those in urban counties.
University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
Carrie Henning-Smith, Heidi O'Connor, Michelle Casey, Ira Moscovice