UOP pharmacy students to hold Medicare Health Fairs

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For the rest of October through Nov. 18, students from University of the Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be holding Medicare Health Fairs.

These Health Fairs are geared toward helping those with Medicare make sense of their Medicare Part D plan, and see where they might be able to save money.

According to the pharmacy school, it’s a good idea to review the Part D plan on an annual basis because:

  • Plans change the list of drugs they cover every year
  • Plans change how much recipients pay for their drugs every year
  • About eight out of 10 beneficiaries have been able to save money on Part D drugs costs with the help provided at the Medicare Health Fairs
  • To see if beneficiaries qualify for more help in lowering drug costs

The results of the Health Fairs show a savings by beneficiaries of $5.7 million on out-of-pocket drug costs. A whopping 723 severe drug-related problems were found at past fairs, and patients’ doctors were notified of the issues. Students have committed 15,473 hours in the past three years to the health fairs.

The next fair will be Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at O’Connor Woods, 3400 Wagner Heights Road, in Stockton. Those planning on attending should bring all of their current medications and their Medicare card. Future health fairs will be held on Nov. 2, 5, 10, 11, 14, 17 and 18. For a list of times and locations, please visit go.pacific.edu/medicare or call (209) 910-3784.

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