Seniors Website Offers Help for Those Confused by the (Very Confusing) Medicare Drug Plan

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Drugs4seniors has expanded its website (http://www.drugs4seniors.org) specifically to help seniors who are trying to understand Medicare Part D, having trouble identifying the best program, or who simply need general information. A visitor can view and compare all plan profiles and ratings by simply clicking on their state name. For those who choose not to enroll, there is a list of over 200 of the most commonly prescribed medications provided at significantly greater savings than offered through the Medicare Plan.

Seniors across the country are complaining that the new, Medicare Part D drug plan is “confusing” and “expensive.” Many have said that the plan is so complicated that they are refusing to enroll.

Drugs4seniors has expanded its website (http://www.drugs4seniors.org) specifically to help seniors who are trying to understand Medicare Part D, having trouble identifying the best program, or who simply need general information. A visitor can view and compare all plan profiles and ratings by simply clicking on their state name. For those who choose not to enroll, there is a list of over 200 of the most commonly prescribed medications provided at significantly greater savings than offered through the Medicare Plan.

According to Dave Troop, executive director of Drugs4seniors, “Our visitors get the concise, easy-to-understand information they need to make informed choices, even if that choice happens to be declining to enroll.”

Drugs4seniors is a non-profit organization created by senior citizens and dedicated to helping seniors lower their healthcare costs. To learn more about Medicare- Part D and your healthcare choices, visit http://www.drugs4seniors.org or call the Drugs4seniors 24-hour, toll-free helpline: 1-877-595-6337.

Additional Background Information

Seniors have been overwhelmed by a confusing array of over 50, and in some states as high as 87, different insurance programs. Each program offers a different set of monthly fees, deductibles and choice of medications. To make matters worse the House Government Reform Committee reported this month “…it is doubtful that the complicated design of Medicare Part D provides any tangible benefit to anyone but drug manufacturers and insurers.”

A recent, nationwide poll commissioned by Drugs4seniors indicated that of 2,426 seniors surveyed 27% said they were reluctant to sign up for the new Medicare drug plan. The most common reasons cited for non-participation were the monthly fee required and the high cost of the medications.

Many reported that their savings from ordering their medications from online pharmacies were significantly greater than those offered by the Medicare plan. Under Medicare Part D, for the majority of US seniors whose drug costs range between $200 and $300 per month, the average savings range between 30 and 40 percent off retail prices. However, seniors surveyed who ordered their medications from online pharmacies reported average savings of 40 – 60 percent off retail.

For additional information contact Dave Troop, Executive Director, Drugs4seniors, 505-459-0377

Contact Name: Dave Troop

Contact Phone: 505-459-0377

Web Address: http://www.drug4seniors.org

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