Free Assistance Offered On Prescription Drug Plans

The Homestead Service Coordinator’s office is again offering free assistance to area seniors comparing Medicare Prescription Drug Plans.  Assistance is available thanks to grants from the Elgin Community Foundation and the Elgin Bargain Box.
There are a total of 22 stand-alone drug plans available for 2017, all with different premiums, deductibles and co-pays.
Beneficiaries are encouraged to compare their current coverage with available options.  Even though a plan met their needs in 2016, it may not be the best choice for them in 2017.  Plans may change premiums, deductibles, the list of medications they cover and their co-pays, and costs may vary significantly.
Assistance is also offered for seniors having difficulty affording their medications.  The Medicare Low Income Subsidy or pharmaceutical companies’ Patient Assistance Programs may be available.
Free, unbiased, confidential information to aid beneficiaries in choosing the best plan for their circumstances is offered.  Appointments may be made by calling Connie Dvorak, SHIIP counselor, at (402) 843-8769.
The 2017 open enrollment period begins Oct. 15, and continues through Dec. 7.