Thursday, September 23, 2021

Play

States are poised to help resettle Afghan evacuees who fled their home country after the U.S. military exit; efforts emerge to help Native Americans gain more clean energy independence.

Play

Sen. Mitch McConnell refuses to support raising the debt ceiling; Biden administration pledges $500 million of COVID vaccine doses globally; and U.S. military says it's taking steps to combat sexual assault.

Play

A new Oklahoma museum honors tribal nations, while Iowa's history is back on the blacktop; mixed news on COVID-19 comes with a warning about unconventional drugs; and electric cars and buses are coming to rural America.

Study: Part D Producing Health and Economic Benefits

Play

Thursday, July 2, 2009   

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Good news for seniors and others who take part in the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan: The four-year-old program is meeting some key goals, such as producing health benefits. A study by the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy has found a small but significant improvement in the health status of those who got the benefit in 2006, compared to the health of uninsured people, according to Deborah Jaquith of AARP-Nevada.

"Not only are they showing some health improvements, which are modest, but they're also showing financial improvements, which is wonderful."

The study found Part D enrollees experienced twice as much improvement battling financial hardship as those who had no insurance. That's the good news. The challenge, Jaquith warns, is that one in eight Nevadans will lose Part D benefits for part of the year because they fall into the coverage gap known as the "doughnut hole." She says AARP has developed a 'doughnut hole' calculator to help them cope, and it's on the Internet.

"The calculator is a really easy way for people to review what drugs they're on and look for generic alternatives and other resources that may help them avoid the 'doughnut hole.'"

Last month, prescription drug makers told Congress they would cut prices in half for Part D enrollees who fall into the doughnut hole.

The calculator is at www.aarp.org/doughnuthole. Information about the study is at www.newswise.com.




get more stories like this via email

Political canvassing across the country dropped dramatically during the 2020 election due to concerns over COVID-19 transmission via in-person door-knocking. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

LEWISBURG, W.Va. -- Political canvassers and organizers in the state are expecting they will continue to struggle with challenges to traditional …


Environment

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A federal court agreed with conservationists this week, ordering winter feeding of elk on the Bridger-Teton National Forest …

Social Issues

FARGO, N.D. -- In the near future, North Dakota is poised to help resettle 49 Afghan evacuees who fled their home country after the U.S. military …


Local opposition to the proposed land swap was strong before the Idaho Department of Lands rejected the deal. (PNS/Corbeil)

Environment

MCCALL, Idaho -- After the rejection of a developer's proposed land swap near Payette Lake, a coalition of groups wants the state to do the opposite…

Health and Wellness

DENVER -- Colorado's ability to respond to COVID-19 was blunted by decades of disinvestment in critical public services, according to a new report…

Beginning in 2022, Nebraska's Department of Education will begin offering farm-to-school producer training in various regions of the state. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

GERING, Neb. -- With school back in session, many Nebraska students will be fueled by fresh beef, fruits and vegetables sourced from local farms…

Social Issues

By Abaki Beck for Yes!Media.Broadcast version by Mike Moen for Minnesota News Connection reporting for the YES! Media-Public News Service …

Environment

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Farm bureaus and agricultural leaders of Chesapeake Bay watershed states are pushing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund a …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021