Prescription workshop for Eagle County |

Prescription workshop for Eagle County

Daily Staff Report

Eagle County Health and Human Services will host a workshop on the new Medicare prescription drug plans on Thursday, January 26 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Eagle County Building Garden Level Classroom.

The January workshop is the first in a proposed series of informational sessions on the drug insurance plans to occur until May 15; the last day of enrollment for those who are eligible for Medicare.

The numerous options available to those entitled to Medicare prescription coverage has led to some confusion particularly among senior citizens in Colorado who must choose one of forty-four available plans.

In an effort to alleviate local concerns, Eagle County Health and Human Services has devised the workshop where participants receive individualized assistance by trained volunteers from the Eagle County Volunteer Center, under the direction of a certified Medicare insurance specialist with the Area Agency on Aging.

Kathleen Forinash, Health and Human Services Director, adds “We want to clarify that this will be an information session. As the Medicare prescription plans are researched via the Internet, our computer-trained volunteers will essentially help narrow down the field to three plans for each participant. This will hopefully make it easier for the seniors to enroll in a single plan of their choice.”

Medicare requires each drug plan to cover both brand name and generic drugs. However it is unlikely that plans will cover all drugs. Those eligible for Medicare may either enroll in a standard plan with lower premiums or select a higher premium plan with increased drug coverage. Standard plans will not cover vitamins over-the-counter, weight control drugs, or barbiturates.

In Colorado, the forty-four plans are provided by a total of seventeen Medicare approved drug companies. Each plan has different drug coverage, premiums, deductibles, co-pays and pharmacy networks.

For more information on the Medicare Prescriptions Workshop, contact Kathleen Lyons at (970) 328-8841. To schedule an appointment for the workshop, please contact Pat Nolan at (970) 748-2007.

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