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It's Time for an Annual Prescription Drug Checkup

Saturday, November 15, 2008 General News J E 4
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MyMedicareMatters.org Helps Seniors Understand their Choices



WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seniors hurt by the recent economic downturn can find a way to save precious dollars on prescription drugs. On November 15 the open enrollment season for Medicare Part D begins and now is the perfect time for people with Medicare to reevaluate their prescription drug coverage.



MyMedicareMatters.org, a program of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), can help people learn how to review and evaluate their plan options to make sure that they have selected the right plan for 2009.



Medicare Part D plans change, and a yearly review is essential to making the most of Medicare. A change in an individual's drug usage, or a change in what the plan offers or costs, are all factors that may cause an individual to switch plans.



"In the current economic climate, many more people with Medicare may need to maximize their prescription drug coverage. MyMedicareMatters.org has all the tools they need to understand how to evaluate their current plan, make comparisons between plans, and find other benefits programs that may save them more money," said Wendy Zenker, vice president of NCOA's Benefits Access Group.



"People with Medicare must be diligent and review their plan each year to ensure they continue to carry the best coverage for their current and expected future circumstances," Zenker added.



Seniors and their caregivers can find the trusted information they need to make this assessment on MyMedicareMatters.org. By visiting the Review 2009 Choices tab on the home page, individuals can directly access information on what factors could cause them to switch plans, instructions on how to switch, and resources on additional financial assistance such as the Medicare Extra Help. The site can help people with Medicare understand the communications they receive from Medicare through the mail, as well as the steps to take when there is a problem.



To serve seniors with timely and accurate information, MyMedicareMatters.org has added new features on appeals, exceptions and grievances. The Web site also includes information about manufacturer patient assistance programs that can help many people already in Part D plans, plus an Ask-an-Expert section that answers people's questions quickly.



Seniors who speak Spanish can visit MiMedicareImporta.org to find the same important information and resources as they would on MyMedicareMatters.org.



My Medicare Matters is made possible by a grant from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP. Since 2005, the start of Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage, NCOA has managed the My Medicare Matters campaign, bringing resources to seniors and the community-based organizations that serve them.



About NCOA

The National Council on Aging, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC, is a national voice for older Americans -- especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged -- and the community organizations that serve them. NCOA turns creative ideas into effective programs that help millions of the nation's seniors live independently, find jobs and benefits, manage their health and contribute to their communities. For more information, visit www.ncoa.org.



SOURCE National Council on Aging
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