| Tue, Sep 16, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Medicare Part D Enrollment: Your Neighborhood Pharmacist May be able to Help

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

medicare part d enrollmentGuest post by Safeway, proud supporter of National Medicare Education Week.

When you become eligible for Medicare, you will have the opportunity to select a prescription drug plan, known as Part D, in addition to your standard Part A and Part B healthcare coverage. Your neighborhood pharmacist is a great community resource who may be able to help you understand your options and assist with the enrollment process.

Do you know about the Medicare Plan Finder? This is an online tool created by Medicare to help you decide which plan is a good fit for you based on the prescription drugs you take and what you expect your financial situation to be in the upcoming year.

Ask your neighborhood pharmacist for a list of your current prescription drugs so that you’ll have it on hand. Then go to Medicare.gov and input your information. You’ll get a report that lists the plans available in your area; the monthly Part D premiums, deductibles, annual costs; and your costs if you enter the coverage gap (donut hole). It’s also important to keep in mind how often you travel away from home, whether you have residences out of state, or have moved recently, since the cost and coverage of prescription drugs may differ between plans and regions.

Plans also may change the cost and coverage of prescription drugs each year, so it’s wise to review your plan and compare it with other plans every year during Medicare Open Enrollment (Oct 15-Dec 7). This is the one period of time each year during which Medicare lets you switch prescription drug plans, unless you qualify for an exception.

Whether you are enrolling in a Medicare Part D plan for the first time or would like to switch to a new plan, your neighborhood pharmacist can help guide you through the process and help you get answers to your questions.

Safeway is a proud supporter of National Medicare Education Week, held September 15-21 each year. Free educational events across the country and online resources offer help to beneficiaries as they prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment (Oct. 15 – Dec. 7). Learn more about National Medicare Education Week and how you can take part.

Views expressed are the opinion of Safeway.

For more information, explore MedicareMadeClear.com or contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048.

Resources:

Medicare & You: Get the U.S. government’s official Medicare handbook.

Show Me Guide: Get help understanding Medicare choices and finding a plan to fit your needs.

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