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Prescription Plan Shopping Part of ID Holiday Season

November 17, 2008

Boise, ID – Idahoans ages 65 and better are being urged to "make a list and check it twice" as open enrollment gets underway for Medicare "Part D" prescription coverage.

Jim Wordelman with AARP Idaho advises listing all medications taken, along with a general monthly budget, to help narrow down the options for coverage. It's in seniors' best interest to take a close look at the options this year, he says.

"Plans have changed, premiums have changed, and their prescriptions may have changed. They need to look at all of those things."

Wordelman notes prices have risen quite a bit for some plans. Premiums in Idaho range from about $19 a month to $114 a month.

"The key here for most people is to shop around; all plans are not the same. And they need to be sure that their prescriptions are covered under the plan."

He suggests that family members nudge older relatives to make sure they scrutinize the offerings and choose the one that best fits their prescription list--and pocketbook.

Idahoans can compare plans online at www.medicare.gov, or by calling 211. Open enrollment for "Part D" runs through Dec. 31, 2008.

Deborah Smith/Deb Courson, Public News Service - ID