Your Opinion: Explore Medicare prescription options

Dear Editor:

This time of year presents seniors and Medicare beneficiaries an opportunity to save money on their prescription medicines. If that sounds too good to be true, you haven’t heard about Medicare Part D.

Part D is prescription medicine assistance for Medicare beneficiaries and has been around since 2006. Each year, Medicare Today survey’s seniors to find out if their plans are working. This year, 90 percent of seniors said their plans work well.

High satisfaction rates come down to three main areas: cost, convenience and coverage. Average monthly premiums for Part D plans are projected to remain around $30 per month for the third year in a row. This is a huge help for seniors, many of whom are on a fixed income. Beneficiaries also can choose between picking up medicines at their local pharmacy and having them delivered in the mail. Finally, many beneficiaries say their coverage is good and they have access to the medicines they need.

Following another politically divisive election in Missouri, perhaps one of the most refreshing findings of the Medicare Today survey is that satisfaction rates among self-identified Democrats, Republicans and Independents are all at 90 percent.

Seniors who are new to Part D, and even those who currently have a prescription drug plan should visit www.Medicare.gov to see updated plan information for 2013. Those who are more comfortable on the phone or don’t have Internet service can call 1-800-MEDICARE to speak with a trained professional about their options. Make sure you have a list of your prescription medicines as that will help determine which plan works best for your needs.

Plans change and so do prescription needs, so take the time today to compare plans for 2013 and find out which plans works best for you.

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