Even though nearly 800,000 state residents are participating in Medicare "Part D," another 125,000 who get Medicare still aren't signed up, and thousands of those who are enrolled qualify for low-income subsidies that they haven't received, according to the study by Massachusetts Health Policy Forum and Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute, two nonpartisan think tanks.
"We really see a lot of people who aren't enrolled and who aren't receiving their low-income subsidies," said Cindy Parks Thomas, coauthor of the report and senior scientist at the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy at Brandeis University. "These people might just be the worst anecdotes, or they could be the tip of the iceberg."
"We're not serving the people who need the benefit the most," said [Robert Hayes]. "There should be automatic enrollment of people who the government already knows are poor enough to qualify for the program."