Medicare and Insulin

Why does a drug cost $25 without insurance and $110 with Medicare Part D?   Novolin N and R can be bought at Walmart for $24.88 without insurance.  With a Part D plan, the cost is $110.  Why? I have a client who has diabetes.  She uses [...]

Interesting Part D Study from Kaiser Family Foundation

A comprehensive Kaiser Family Foundation report analyzes key trends that have shaped the Medicare Part D marketplace since the program launched nine years ago.  Some of their findings include the following: Part D plan premiums range from [...]

Did you change your Part D plan for 2014?

Anyone who changed their Part D dug plan or their Medicare Advantage plan for 2014 needs to pay attention to a few things. 1)  Did you get your new id card for your plan?  If not, you need to call your broker or the insurance company to find [...]

Woman can’t afford her prescriptions.

Just a few days to go until the end of the Medicare Open Enrollment period and I have a few observations and questions. Why are Part D plans allowed to change drastically from one year to the next? I’ve written about the First Health Part [...]

Part D: Will your premium increase in 2014?

One Part D plan is increasing its premium from $25.90 in 2013 to $53 in 2014.  That is outrageous! The plan is First Health Part D Value, and it has been a good deal in 2013 because it has no deductible and generics can be bought at Walgreens [...]