CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Senate has passed a bill for a prescription drug assistance program to help with out-of-pocket costs for low-income seniors.
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Last week, Mary Ann’s question was complex because she had various Medicare enrollment issues. Her husband is currently employed, and she is still covered under his group health plan, turning 65 and not sure if she should enroll in Medicare or not.
The Senate budget deal contains a health care provision that many are touting as a victory for American seniors. The reform aims to shift more of the Medicare Part D drug by costs to drug companies. But that provision is a gift to insurers — not to patients. The policy could end up raising costs for seniors on Part D, some of our most vulnerable patients. It must be eliminated from the deal. First implemented in 2006, Part D allows Medicare seniors to buy subsidized prescription drug coverage...
Do you know if you are eligible for the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Discount? There are many individuals in our district who are unaware they are eligible to receive this wonderful assistance. A simple phone call to our Agency can help determine whether you meet the eligibility requirements. The Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) is able to provide this service through the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) grant from the Ohio Department of Aging. This project provides outreach to and enrollment assistance for individuals who may be eligible for the Low-Income Subsidy ("Extra Help") and/or Medicare Savings Program, as well as other Medicare premium assistance programs.
Aging commission offers counseling on Medicare Part D
GREENWICH — As seniors across the country are face a looming deadline to enroll in a Medicare Part D plan for the new year, the town’s Commission on Aging is again offering free counseling sessions to make sure people are signing up for the right plan.
People who don’t review their Medicare prescription drug plans could end up paying way too much
People who don’t review their Medicare Part D prescription drug plans risk being surprised starting New Year’s Day.
Doing the work is important, Sue Fredricks said, “so that you don’t go to the pharmacy in January and find out the medication that cost you $8 last year is now going to cost you $250 a month.”
During last year's Medicare Open Enrollment season, my husband and I changed from our Medicare Supplement Plan with a separate Part D plan to a Medicare Advantage PPO plan. We were told that our doctors were in the plan and my husband's diabetic meds were covered. Which was not true! Because one expensive diabetic prescription was not covered by his plan.
(BPT) - Many people are surprised to find out that Original Medicare doesn’t cover prescription drugs. For help with the cost of your medications, you can choose a standalone Part D plan or a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription coverage, but navigating your options can be complicated.
Medicare open enrollment runs from October 15 through December 7, during which time seniors have the opportunity to review Medicare Advantage and/or Part D prescription drug plans to ensure their current selections still meet their needs or to enroll for the first time.
TONI KING: Costs are set for 2018 Medicare coverage
Last year, the 2017 Medicare and You handbook did not include the 2017 Part D deductibles and "Donut Hole" costs, and I got in the "famous" Medicare donut hole this March. I know it is only September, but I would like to get prepared and really cannot find the answer online or at the Medicare.gov website. Please inform me what the 2018 Medicare Part D costs will be. I look forward to what you have to say. Karen, League City.
It's almost that time of year again. Open enrollment for Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans starts Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. Because it is so important to review your Medicare Part D plans and Medicare Advantage plans (if you have one) every year, I am repeating some information from last year, with some updated tips and information for the new year.
Not sure what to do because I have lost my job effective July 21. I am not 65, but my husband, who is an insulin dependent diabetic with heart issues turned 65 in June. He has enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B.
With Jim's health issues, we know that a Medicare supplement with a prescription drug plan is his best option because his doctors have said they like "Original Medicare" best, but he takes over 17 prescriptions a day. Many are brand name with only a few being generic.
Last year, my mother got into the "donut hole" in October. I can see from the Part D statement she receives that she is rapidly approaching the donut hole and it is only the beginning of May. None of her drugs have changed from 2016.
She can afford her co-pays of $180 per month that she pays at the pharmacy. The monthly Part D statement says the prescription drugs' cost is $950 per month. I'm confused.
Please give me some ideas to help control this cost! Thanks, Jennifer from Dallas.
This year, I got into the "donut hole" in September. It has financially devastated and I almost stopped taking my prescriptions. I can afford my monthly $80 co pays but on my statement, it says the actual prescription drugs cost is $950.00 per month. How can I stay out of the "donut hole" or not get in it so fast for 2017? Thanks, in advance … Diane from West U.
Record number of Greenwich seniors seek town help with Medicare Part D
GREENWICH — Workers with the Greenwich Commission on Aging saw a record number of seniors looking for help with their health insurance during the recent open enrollment for Medicare Part D.
Lori Contadino, the Commission’s director, said the increase was partly from more familiarity with the service and partly from the uncertain political climate that may jeopardize the plan many seniors rely on.
I have been reading your articles on Medicare since receiving the Sugar Land Sun. I have one question regarding if I need to keep my AARP Part D prescription plan since I am paying Medicare for the same part D? I am paying AARP $66 per month while paying Medicare $32.80 per month. Please let me know if I should cancel my AARP Part D plan because I don't need to pay two premiums.
TONI KING: 2017 Medicare and You handbook does not include deductibles, co-pays
Alert! Saturday, Oct. 15, is the start of Medicare's open enrollment -- are you ready?
Just received my new 2017 Medicare and You handbook and I cannot find what the 2017 Part D deductibles and "Donut Hole" costs are. I need help because I got in the "Donut Hole" in September of this year. Look forward to what you have to say. Karen, Sugar Land, TX
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