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POLICY: Over at TPMCafe, Medicare Part D

I have joined in a coversation about Part D with some other old farts and a couple of young punks (but very smart young punks — I was strugling to learn how to pick my nose at their age, and they’re health policy whizzes!) at TPMCafe. The section is called Drug Bill Debacle

Also don’t miss this cracker from a surgeon, Me and my HSA in which she shows why it’s great for her, but terrible for America!

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bigsky
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bigsky

Lots of confusion and falsehoods about part D on this post. Although not perfect (nor Mandatory) part D is a huge benefit to millions of our seniors. I work with them every day! Sounds as if some of the afore mentioned people might qualify for social security subsidy http://www.socialsecurity.gov this program helps seniors with copays and premiums.In my experience it seems to be a well kept secret. Lots of state agencies have part D assistance as well. Call your local SHIP office. KNOWLedge is power

MARGARET
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MARGARET

AFTER NOV,15 YOU MAY CHANGE TO OTHER INSURANCES,BUT BE CAREFUL, WHAT THEY GAVE US LAST YEAR IS BEING TAKEN AWAY THIS YEAR.RVERYONE WILL BE PAYING A PREMIUM THIS YEAR EVEN THE VERY POOR. WATCH CLOSELY WHAT YOU SIG UP FOR.

Disgusted
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Disgusted

Medicare part D is sick. My mother has cancer and is being pressured by the Moffit Cancer Center to go on Medicare Part D. Some crazy rube from the Moffit Pharmacy even called her anonymously and said “the Moffit pharmacy is no longer going to give you free meds” and then hung up because my mother refused to go on Medicare Part D. Why did she refuse? Because she is on limited income, is on numerous patient assistance programs for glaucoma meds, thyroid meds (just to name a few) and would LOSE these benefits if she signed up for Medicare… Read more »

Hugh
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Hugh

The Medicare Part D Farce – Buyer beware, Medicare has left it up to the insurance providers to determine what is and is not covered. Better yet, they can change thier formulary any time it gets too expensive for them. (with a supposed 60 day notice) The formulary listed on the Medicare website means NOTHING. It gets better than that though. Got an appeal to file? It goes right back to your provider, not Medicare. Yes, the same wonderful people that keep denying your claim will decide your appeal. Self serving? You bet! WHAT A JOKE- Write your Congressman and… Read more »

Sam
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Sam

Humana was very very disappointing. When I signed my Dad up back in May 06 – after careful research, Humana seemed like best choice. Wall St Journal says they are the 2nd largest in the Med D system. Right Source, Humana’s in house pharmacy worked OK by providing Dad with the 15 prescriptions he needs. Then in Nov 06 they fell apart. As son, I am health advocate and emergency contact for H and it was their job to contact me if there were problems or changes or re-enrollment issues ahead. Suddenly he was dropped, right in the middle of… Read more »

HF Enger
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HF Enger

Humana recently required all mail order prescriptions to transfer to RightSource which they own. They automatically transfered mine from Walgreens Mail Service. The first script filled was switched from generic at $17.50 at Walgreens to over $100 non generic at RightSource. I called twice to complain and they said pharmacy would call back within 48 hours. Its now been over two weeks. Customer service sucks.
Beware Humana. Regardless of their monthly rates and estimated costs you can get ripped off.

Steve Henkel
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Steve Henkel

Just received Humana’s 2007 pricing for Part D insurance. A substantial increase in monthly premium with no apparent value added. So far, during 2006, I have had 3 prescriptions filled. Humana covered one generic 100%,however it was a very inexpensive transaction. One, they required a $30.00 co-pay from me and one emergency pain prescription for an injury Humana refused without a “pre-approval” requiring 7-10 days!
Neither my wife nor I are convinced that we are not being taken advantage of.

Darlene
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Darlene

I agree. I signed my 84 year old mother up online with AARP, and called them to make sure they would cover her BRAND NAME DRUGS. So, we signed up and I have a copy of the CONTRACT. AFter two prescriptions covered they wanted to switch the 84 year old. Her doctor even talked to them, and signed their paperwork saying she had been on this MEDICINE for years. As it turns out AARP contracts it out to Walgreens who then can pawn out the CHEAPER DRUGS on the elderly so they can make money. SO FAR IT’S JUST CAUSED… Read more »

Cheryl
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Cheryl

It makes a very sad statement that our government and Medicare find it more important to provide men with erectile dysfunction equipment for free, than to provide life saving drugs for the elderly. The new Medicare Part D is a joke and has only given the Drug Companies an excuse to cut off the patient assistance programs they had been offering to indigent elderly patients. My Mom requires 17 or more different medications each month to stay alive.. Not one of the Part D insurance policies covers all or even most of them. Some medications require her doctor to get… Read more »

j dellar
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j dellar

Unicare looks like it has pretty good part d coverage,but apparently they don’t want to sell it. No matter where I search, their sites don’t even mention they offer it. As if the system isn’t whacky and frustating enough, they’re doing their best to make it worse. I’ll probably go with AARP just because I can find them.

anne cuskley
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anne cuskley

Medicare part d is a scam to kill the elderly poor..

Matthew Holt
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Matthew Holt

Hey lead punk a) how do you have time to be trolling this site any more with your workload, and b) surely it’s better than being an old fart! (I promise you it is!)

The Lead Punk
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The Lead Punk

Young punks? That’s it, you’re off the site.