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.
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
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