February 21, 2006 -- 5:00 CST
JONESBORO, AR -- The Medicare Part-D Government Program that was established by the federal government to help senior citizens with their prescriptions was a good idea that has gone bad.
xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /
Ken Gibson, of Gibson's Pharmacy of Jonesboro, believes that independent pharmacy owners have bent-over-backwards to help seniors, and it hasn't been easy for them.
Monetary reimbursements have been promised from the federal government, and Gibson hasn't seen any "green."
"They can't afford it," she said.
If a new plan is not implemented quickly, it could mean bad news for some seniors.
"We are going to see increased emergency room visits, increased hospitalizations and increased nursing home attendants because these people can't afford to pay out of pocket the entire 100 percent," said Gibson.
Gibson said that there are several gaps and loopholes in the Part-D program that make it unsuccessful.
For more information on Medicare, visit the website at www.medicare.gov.