Navigation Links
Pharmacist Urges Nebraska Medicare Beneficiaries to Compare Prescription Plans
Date:12/15/2009

Open enrollment is an opportune time to find the best plan at the right price

LINCOLN, Neb., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Through the end of the year, thousands of Nebraska Medicare beneficiaries will be making important decisions about their health coverage. This is when the state's 268,000 Medicare beneficiaries get to decide which health benefits they will sign up and pay for in 2010.

Prescription drug coverage is a critical part of this decision, says Independent Retail Pharmacist Steve Osenbaugh, of Lincoln. According to government statistics, Nebraska ranks third in the nation in the number of Medicare beneficiaries -- more than 88 percent -- with prescription drug coverage.

"Now is the time for these Medicare beneficiaries to make sure that they are getting the prescriptions they need at a price they can afford," Osenbaugh advises.

In Nebraska, there are 46 stand-alone plans that offer Medicare Part D -- or prescription drug -- coverage. Premiums range from $22.80 to $104.10 per month. However, Osenbaugh cautions that premium costs are just part of the true cost of coverage. Plans may have hidden fees and hassles. He urges beneficiaries to be wary of plans that do not include their prescription medications; require high co-pays and other out-of-pocket expenses; have restrictive prior authorization polices; and will force them to try and fail on multiple alternative drugs before paying for those their physician prescribed.

Osenbaugh recommends that Medicare Part D beneficiaries:

  • Make a list of all your prescriptions. Check to see what you are currently paying out-of-pocket in the way of prescription co-pays and other expenses.
  • Select your top five or so Medicare Part D plan options. This can be done online by logging onto www.medicare.gov and clicking the "Compare Medicare Part D Prescription Plans" button. Many pharmacies and some senior centers also provide assistance.
  • Review the "formulary" sections of Part D plans and determine whether the medications you take are listed. Check for prior authorization and other provisions that could force you to try other drugs before being approved for the one your physician originally prescribed.
  • Review the plan co-pay for each of your medications. If this is a medication you take frequently, selecting a plan with a lower co-pay for that specific drug could save hundreds of dollars next year.

"Don't be short-sighted. Take the time to thoroughly examine your options. Doing this can save money and ensure that you have continued access to the medications that your physicians prescribed," says Osenbaugh.

SOURCE Steve Osenbaugh, Independent Retail Pharmacist


'/>"/>
SOURCE Steve Osenbaugh, Independent Retail Pharmacist
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Confusion Over Homeopathic Medicines in Alexa Ray Joels Hospitalization Clarified by the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP)
2. New Caldolor(R) (ibuprofen) Injection Data to Be Presented at 44th American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Meeting
3. Health Robotics to Unveil TPNstation(TM) at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists on December 7th
4. Pharmacists Work with Congress to Address PBM Abuses
5. New Research Shows Over-use of Asthma Rescue Inhalers Substantially Reduced Through Pharmacist-initiated Physician Intervention
6. Pharmacists Report Patients do not Treat Cold and Flu Symptoms Early Enough, New Survey Shows
7. Eisai Inc. and the Alzheimers Association Honor Community Pharmacist for Outstanding Service to Individuals with Alzheimers Disease
8. Confusion over Influenzinum Clarified by the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists (AAHP)
9. National Pharmacy Technician Day: Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Recognizes Pharmacy Technicians During Octobers American Pharmacists Month
10. CVS Caremark Celebrates Outstanding Pharmacy Care to Patients During American Pharmacists Month in October
11. Department of Health Urges Expanded H1N1 Vaccination Efforts to Include All Patients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... 2017   The Accreditation Council for Medical ... in the pharmaceutical industry has appointed Dr. ... newly formed scientific advisory board. Dr. Chin will ... first ever medical affairs think tank within the ... the ACMA, please visit  www.medicalaffairsspecialist.org .  Connect ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... DUBLIN , Mar. 24, 2017 Research and ... (IPF) Pipeline Analysis, 2016" report to their offering. ... The IPF pipeline is very strong with ... Corporation, Merck & Co., Inc., Biogen and Sanofi are involved in the ... candidates, of which one is in Phase III stage, 15 are in ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , March 24, 2017 Today ... Equipment stocks, which are: Neovasc Inc. (NASDAQ: NVCN), Hologic Inc. ... Inc. (NASDAQ: SSH ). These companies are part ... prior gains on Thursday, March 23 rd , 2017, with ... while shares of health care companies in the S&P 500 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:3/24/2017)... , ... March 24, 2017 , ... The Radiology ... Quest Awards . The annual awards, now in their 12th year, are among the ... the winners. , In 2016, the awards were retooled to recognize achievements in both ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... Premier Center for Shamanic Healing and Spiritual Awakening, proudly presents her Sacred ... 2017. This sacred and spiritual journey during the Summer Solstice will also ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The law firm of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP, ... resident Lauren C. Enea has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Ms. Enea, ... in elder law, Medicaid planning and applications, and Wills, Trusts and Estates. Samantha ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... “Finding Christ Through Social Media: Year One ... the writer’s path toward true communion with God. “Finding Christ Through Social Media: ... creation of published author Lea Michelle Johnson, a follower of Christ, wife and ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2017 , ... In 2016 ... now estimates that there could be four million Zika-related cases in the Americas within ... with numbers of US cases reported per year skyrocketing to an estimated 329,000. Yet, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):