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Less Than a Month to Decide on Prescription Plans for Medicare

November 14, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS - Medicare recipients have until December 7 to choose which prescription drug plan will give them maximum benefits in the coming year, and help to evaluate options is available at many locations around Indiana over the next few weeks.

Abigail Vivo, a counselor with the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), says people would need to have a list of their current prescriptions.

"We would take their drug information and use the plan finder tool that Medicare.gov provides for anybody to use online to formulate plans and kind of do comparisons. You can do side-by-side comparisons against what they currently have."

Vivo says many of the Area Agencies on Aging across the state are having sessions before the December 7 deadline.

"If they call the SHIP phone number they can find out what sites are close to them or if they're counselors in their area who can provide help as well."

Indianapolis area Medicare beneficiaries can receive help with prescription plans at an event November 22 at the Indianapolis Senior Center. Interim executive director Amy DiStaulo advises having full drug details available.

"They should bring information about all of the prescription drugs that they take on a regular basis, so that this crew of people can go through their research and help them find the best value."

DiStaulo says people need to pre-register for the Nov. 22 event by calling 317-263-6273. She also says Senior Medicare Patrol Volunteers will be available to help seniors learn how to prevent and spot Medicare fraud.

For more information or to find the nearest office offering assistance, call the SHIP hotline at 800-452-4800, or go to www.iaaaa.org and click on the "events" tab.



Leigh DeNoon, Public News Service - IN