|In a Kaiser Family Foundation survey of people aged 65 and up, 60 percent said they did not understand the new benefit, which opens for enrollment in November and is scheduled to start in January.
Nearly one-third said they did not know or could not answer whether they had to sign up for drug coverage or would be automatically enrolled. Forty-four percent said they had not received any information about the benefit, according to the telephone survey.
The poll also found about 32 percent of old Americans had a 'favorable' opinion about the benefit, up from 17 percent six months ago. Another 32 percent said their view was 'unfavorable,' down from 55 percent in February. The rest either were neutral or unsure.