Satisfaction rates are high among Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in the new Medicare Part D prescription plans.

America’s Health Insurance Plans, Washington, has published figures supporting those conclusions in a summary of results from a telephone survey of 261 Medicare Part D drug program enrollees conducted from Sept. 8 to Sept. 12.

The percentage of enrollees who said they would recommend the program to other seniors has increased to 70%, from 65% in March and from 57% in December 2005, according to AHIP.

The percentage of enrollees who said they are having no problem with the program has increased to 88%, from 84%.

But the survey shows some enrollees who are learning more about the program are having more problems with it.

The percentage of enrollees who said their plans fail to cover the drugs they need has increased to 17% this month, from 12% in March, and the percentage who said they are not saving money has increased to 29%, from 23%

About 8% of enrollees said they already have exceeded the limit on program coverage of routine prescription drug costs, and 20% said they expect to reach the limit by the end of the year.