Walgreens pharmacists to provide resources to Medicare Part D beneficiaries

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens is continuing to provide resources to Medicare Part D beneficiaries in order to help them better understand their healthcare options.

Walgreens pharmacists this year are offering a free plan comparison report generated from Medicare's online plan finder at any of its more than 7,700 locations. The report, Walgreens said, is based on the patient’s current medications, so that patients can choose a plan for the first time or determine if their current plan is still the best fit for their needs. What's more, the report details each plan’s estimated annual costs, including monthly premiums, branded and generic co-pays and coverage through the coverage gap. Medicare beneficiaries also should ensure their pharmacy of choice is in their plan’s network, the drug store chain said.

Patients interested in receiving a report now can schedule appointments for a Medicare Part D plan review at their local pharmacy or at Walgreens.com/medicare. Pharmacists also are available to review plans on a walk-in basis and nearly 4,000 Walgreens stores nationwide will host representatives from Medicare Part D plans, who will provide information and can help people enroll in plans that best fit their needs.

“There are substantial savings available to Medicare Part D beneficiaries this year, so it’s important they know their options to realize these benefits,” Walgreens group VP pharmacy operations Suzanne Hansen said. “Our pharmacists are among the most trusted and accessible sources for help with making an informed plan choice. They can’t decide for you, but they can certainly be a resource to help you understand your options.”

Medicare enrollees have until Dec. 7 to review their coverage options for 2012, Walgreens noted.

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