WOONSOCKET, R.I. — As annual open enrollment season begins for Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, CVS pharmacists are available to answer questions and provide guidance on how to complete plan comparisons, CVS/pharmacy announced on Friday.
From Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to review their current prescription coverage and enroll in a new plan, if they so choose.
"Affordability of prescription medications can pose challenges for seniors who may take multiple prescriptions for a number of chronic conditions on an ongoing basis," stated Papatya Tankut, VP pharmacy professional services at CVS/pharmacy. "Achieving cost savings through the thoughtful selection of a Medicare Part D plan can help seniors save money, stay on their medications and achieve healthier outcomes."
To help seniors navigate Medicare Part D plans, CVS/pharmacy is offering resources both in store and online. CVS pharmacists are available throughout the annual enrollment period to provide patients with a list of their current medications. They can provide assistance on how to complete plan comparisons using the Medicare Plan Finder Tool. In addition, seniors can access the 2012 Medicare Plan Finder at CVS.com/Medicare to compare plans. The site provides answers to common questions about Medicare Part D plans, and lists additional sources of information.
A Medicare Part D plan review is encouraged annually as plans and medications change from year to year. CVS/pharmacy recommends that seniors and caregivers consider the following questions when comparing Medicare Part D plans:
- What are you currently paying for your plan premiums?
- What are your annual deductibles and prescription co-payments?
- What are your total out-of-pocket expenses?
- What choice of plans are offered in your area?
- Is there a preferred pharmacy network?
- Have any of your prescriptions changed?