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Dec 08 2009
Don't Wait to Update Prescription Plans PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 December 2009

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            It's that time of year again when seniors and other who are on Medicare need to make sure they have the right prescription drug plan. There is a six-week open enrollment period that started in the middle of November and ends at the end of this month.

            Judith Bendersky, director of the Alaska Medicare Information Office in the State Department of Health and Social Service. She cautions those on the plan not to be sidetracked into thinking the plans may change by the end of the year because of the health care reform going through Congress right now.

 

--          (Medicare 1                34 sec              "You read in the paper ... lined up for 2010.")

 

            She said her department has trained people around the state to assist the 56,000 in the state on Medicare wade through the paperwork:

 

--          (Medicare 2                49 sec              "Wading through is a great way ... in Kodiak for folks.")

 

            Here in Kodiak, Laurie Murdock at the Senior Center is one of several people who've been trained to help with the paperwork.

 

--          (Medicare 3                64 sec              "If you're not Internet savvy ... their Medicare Part D.")

 

            Murdock says afternoons are best for her, and that she needs clients to bring in their red, white and blue Medicare card and a list of the prescription drugs they take.

            The scores of plans available came about after congress, during the Bush years, rewrote the health care laws - the same ones undergoing reform now. Bendersky says it's important for Medicare recipients to make sure the plan they're on now - or are interested in switching to - meet all their needs:

 

--          (Medicare 4                46 sec              "There are a lot of different ... can also change every year.")

 

            Kodiak residents looking for assistance can check with their health care provider or any of the organizations Bendersky listed. They can also call her office toll-free at 800-478-6065.

 

 

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