Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Medicare D shell game

One example of the labyrinth that is Medicare. Like it or not, we are all going to have to pay attention to the devilish details - on an annual basis.

It's a pain for seniors to pick from the myriad drug insurance programs, but it pays to do it - every year.

Kim Andrews had just helped a woman save a couple of hundred dollars on her new Medicare drug plan.

"I asked her about her husband," said Andrews, the Delaware County coordinator for Apprise, the Pennsylvania health insurance counseling service. The woman said " 'Oh, my husband loves his plan. He won't change.' "

"Well, I checked his drugs anyway, and it turns out his plan was no longer going to cover two of his drugs," Andrews said. "I found him another plan that would save him $2,771. That's huge. People are just unaware, it seems."

Read entire 3-page report at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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