Pharmacist David Leach, with Apple Discount Drugs, Talks About Open Enrollment for Medicare


LAST WEEK WE SAT DOWN WITH THE DEVIL WERE DEPARTMENT HAVE INSURANCE TO DISCUSS MEDICARE AND SOME OF THE CHANGES AND CHOICES THAT ARE ALSO BE AVAILABLE TODAY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THE CHANGES THAT ARE IMPACTING THOSE WHO RECEIVED THE DRUG BENEFIT SPECIFICALLY IN MARYLAND JUST LIKE WE TOLD YOU LAST WEEK WE’RE GOING TO HELP MAKE CRYSTAL CLEAR WHAT CAN OFTEN BE A VERY CONFUSING TOPIC LIKE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU THIS AFTERNOON PHARMACISTS DAVID LEACH WITH APPLE DISCOUNT DRUGS THANK YOU SO MUCH LET ME ASK YOU RIGHT OFF THE BAT WENT WENT IS ENROLLMENT OPEN SIR IT’S THE SAME EACH YEAR TO OCTOBER 15TH TO DECEMBER 7TH GOOD WAY TO REMEMBER THAT DECEMBER 7TH AS PEARL HARBOR DAY THAT’S WHEN IT. OK. ALL RIGHT. ASSOCIATE THAT NOW IN JANUARY AND CORRECT ME IF I’M NOT CENTER RIGHT RETIREES IN MARYLAND ARE REQUIRED TO PICK UP MEDICARE IS THAT CORRECT WELL THEY’RE NOT EXACTLY THE REQUIRED YOU CAN’T GO WITHOUT HAVING COMMERCIAL I’M SORRY WITHOUT HAVING MEDICARE INSURANCE BUT IT WILL REQUIRE A PENALTY IN THE FUTURE YOU DO SIGNED UP FOR MEDICARE AT A LATER TIME BUT THAT IS TRUE THAT THIS HAPPENED MANY YEARS AGO BUT IT’S NOW TAKING EFFECT WITH JANUARY 1ST THAT THEY NEED TO ENROLL INTO THE MEDICARE PART D WHICH FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE THEY NEED TO ENROLL DURING THAT ENROLLMENT PERIOD WHICH IS AGAIN OCTOBER 15TH TO DECEMBER 7TH SO HOGAN DECIDED THIS WHAT WAS MAKING 11 2011 I THINK WELL MINOR SAY AS IT WAS THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION IT’S JUST NOW COMING INTO EFFECT BUT THAT’S NEITHER HERE NOR THERE THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT THEY NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THIS NOW. OR DURING THIS OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD SO THAT WE CAN HELP GET THEM COVERAGE THAT THEY NEED FOR THE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ARE THERE PEOPLE IN HAPPY ABOUT THIS THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE AND HAPPY ABOUT IT BUT A LOT OF IT IS JUST A FEAR OF CHANGE JUST IN GENERAL YOU KNOW THEY FEEL LIKE SOMETHING IS BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM THEM. BUT THAT’S WHERE WE CAN CUT TO COME IN AND WE CAN KIND OF HELP ALLEVIATE SOME OF THEIR APPREHENSION ABOUT STARTING A NEW DRUG PLAN BECAUSE IT CAN BE OVERWHELMING FOR SURE EVEN FOR ME AS A PHARMACIST HAVING A GREAT DEAL OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT IT BUT YOU KNOW WE CAN HELP WALK THEM THROUGH THE PROCESS AND MAYBE IT COULD BE TURNING LEMONS INTO LEMONADE IF YOU WILL WHERE WE CAN HELP THEM ACTUALLY MAYBE EVEN SAVE MONEY RIGHT SO IT’S NOT NECESSARILY A TERRIBLE THING ON THE OUTSIDE NOBODY LIKES CHANGE BUT IT MIGHT ACTUALLY BE A POSITIVE THINGS OK IF I COME INTO YOU’D SAY I I I I I I AM COMPLETELY CONFUSED ABOUT THIS CAN YOU HELP ME IF I COME ABSOLUTELY I MEAN THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE DO I’M PHARMACIST APPLE DRUGS DOWN THE STREET HERE AND WE ACTUALLY HAVE DEDICATED TIMES WHERE THE PHARMACIST WILL ME WITH SOMEBODY WE’D LIKE TO HAVE A SIGN UP SHEET SO WE CAN REALLY PREPARE FOR IT AND WHAT WE DO IS WE JUST GO OVER THE MEDICATIONS THAT PERSON INDIVIDUAL IS ON AND THIS IS WHERE THE BENEFIT OF HAVING A PHARMACIST DO THE REVIEW FOR THEM CAN HELP BECAUSE WE CAN REALLY KIND OF FINE TUNE AND AND REALLY JUST MAKE A WHERE WHAT OPTIONS THAT THEY HAVE A WE CAN DO IT AT OUR LEVEL BECAUSE WE’RE ABLE TO SEE YOU MIGHT BE HAPPY WITH A TRUMPET IF YOU CAN THINK ABOUT MAYBE SWITCHING TO THIS WHICH IS IN THE SAME DRUG CLASS IT MIGHT ACTUALLY SAVE YOU MONEY STILL HELPING OF THE SAME EXACT WAS YOUR CURRENT MEDICATION DOES NOW SO THAT’S REALLY THE BENEFIT OF THE PHARMACIST CAN REALLY HELP BECAUSE WE CAN ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE TOTAL PRESCRIPTION THAT THAT THEY HAVE RIGHT NOW WE CAN SAY HEY WE CAN SAVE YOU MONEY HERE SO IN LAST YEAR I WAS ABLE TO SAVE ONE PERSON JUST GOING THROUGH THE REVIEW FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS OH MY GOODNESS OVER THE COURSE OF A YEAR WOW IT FEELS GOOD ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO HELP SOMEBODY SAVE MONEY JAMES BECAUSE IT LOOKS REALLY BEING MR. LEAKS THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SOME WONDERFUL ANSWERS TO SOME VERY IMPORTANT QUESTIONS