Medicare Put's Gag on Walgreen's

Washington has slapped the hand of Walgreens pharmacist's for providing assistance to Medicare beneficiaries looking for Part D help. According to Suntimes, the drug finder on Walgreens site is inaccurate. Humana also claims their site incorrectly lists drug prices that are higher than actual costs.

Walgreens pharmacists are no longer giving customers advice on which Medicare Part D plans best work with the customers’ prescriptions by the Dec. 31 deadline, and a Medicare spokesman says that’s a good thing.

People should get help with their Part D plan choice by calling the Medicare help line at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or by getting counseling from AARP or their local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), according to Medicare, because pharmacies get rewarded for putting or keeping customers in plans or prescriptions administered by so-called Pharmacy Benefit Managers, or PBMs.

I can't speak to the accuracy of the Medicare site, but I do know that other government sites on health care issues have inaccuracy's and can be both confusing and misleading. Something about "I am from Washington and I am here to help you" that just doesn't produce warm fuzzy's.

And why include AARP in that mix? They promote a Part D prescription drug plan as well AND they benefit from every sale, so why are they promoted as unbiased?

I have no opinion on using the Walgreen one way or another. My personal opinion is Part D is over-hyped and for most people just an added expense that is not needed. There are plenty of ways to find low cost or even free prescription medications without buying an insurance product.

Georgia Insurance Shop has helped many clients save thousands on out of pocket prescription drug costs over the years when Rx coverage was not an option.

We also are one of only two agents in Atlanta approved to offer the lowest Medicare supplement rates in Georgia. In most cases, our Med supp rates are lower than AARP, Blue Cross and others. Ask for a comparative Medigap quote.

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