Date: January 3, 2018 | Category: News
Care Connection options counselors helped consumers with a potential savings of more than $300,000 during open enrollment for 2018 Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, the agency announced.
The non-profit area agency on aging has care managers and options counselors who are trained to show Medicare beneficiaries how much plans in their area will cost them in deductibles, premiums and copays – based on specific medications and pharmacy choices.
During the enrollment period that ended Dec. 7, the counselors helped 252 Medicare beneficiaries with potential savings of $313,218 for the year. That amounts to an average of $1,243 per beneficiary.
Care Connection partners with CLAIM, the State Health Insurance Program, to provide the free service to Medicare beneficiaries.
Care Connection Special Projects Director Rona McNally said the enrollment assistance program has garnered a favorable reputation among seniors in the agency’s 13-county service area.
“It’s impressive that we help the same people year after year. They have come to rely on us for assistance in making this decision each year,” McNally said.
Not every senior is able to realize savings by switching plans, but many do.
“It feels really great to be able to assist someone in saving money in the coming year. You can see a relief on their face some times,” McNally said.
“When they cannot afford the medications, some seniors will stop taking them all together,” McNally said. “To help people find ways to save that money and stay healthier is very fulfilling. It’s something we look forward to each year.”
Seniors who did not review their prescription drug plans during open enrollment could qualify for a special enrollment if they move to an area not covered by their Part D plan or if they qualify for the extra help.
McNally suggested that seniors consider making use of Care Connection’s Benefits Enrollment Center, a program in which care managers will screen them for a number of benefits that range from food subsidies to utilities assistance.
“The BEC program screens seniors for potential benefits year round,” she said. “Seniors often free up money by getting help with electric or food costs, and that puts money in their pockets to pay for medications.”
To find out more about Care Connection BEC or other services, call 1-800-748-7826.