Advice available on Medicare drug plans

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 - 8:23 am

Seniors can get free help Sunday picking their 2013 Medicare prescription drug plan, as well as a review of their personal medications.

The free counseling on Medicare Part D prescription plans is offered by University of the Pacific graduate pharmacy students, an annual outreach effort by the Stockton campus.

The Sacramento event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church, 8181 Florin Road. It's the first time in three years the UOP program will be offered in Sacramento. Other clinics will be held in Stockton, Lodi and Modesto.

For Part D prescription coverage, pharmacy students will help seniors determine the most cost-effective Medicare plans, based on doctors, premiums and drug choices. They'll also evaluate a person's entire list of medications to determine if there are any problems with dosages or combinations.

In addition, seniors can get free flu shots, as well as testing for blood pressure, cholesterol, dia- betes and bone density.

To schedule a Sunday appointment for Part D assistance, call (209) 965-7343. Seniors should bring their Medicare card and their list of prescriptions with dosages.

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