Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

3 Ways Seniors Can Control Prescription Costs

Dec 27, 2016 03:34AM, Published by Family Features, Categories: Family Features, Family Features Lifestyle





For 55 million Americans enrolled in Medicare, the New Year means any new Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plans, or any changes to your existing plans, take effect. If you signed up for coverage, it’s important to understand how your prescription drug costs may be affected.

Even if you did nothing to alter your coverage, some features of your plan may have changed for 2017. Getting a handle on Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage is important to your health as well as your pocketbook.


 

“A survey by Walgreens showed that in order to manage prescription drug costs, some people have delayed filling a current prescription or occasionally skipped prescribed doses to stretch medication,” said John Lee, senior director of Medicare at Walgreens. “This is a real concern as it can pose significant health risks, so it’s vital to evaluate your medical situation, have a plan that best fits your needs and then understand how to get the most value from your plan and pharmacy.”

The survey shows that even though prescription drug costs are among the top concerns for Medicare beneficiaries, approximately one out of every five beneficiaries lacks a good understanding of their insurance plan. Roughly the same percentage falsely believes that all pharmacies charge the same copay and one-third of respondents didn’t know they can switch pharmacies at any time, including outside of the annual enrollment period. The survey reinforced the need to educate beneficiaries about how plans and coverage can and do change from year to year. To make the most of your benefits and find potential cost savings for your prescription medications under your Part D coverage, here are three easy steps to get started:

Use a less expensive brand or generic. The brand-name drug your doctor prescribed can do wonders for your symptoms but be worrisome for your budget. Many brand-name drugs have generic or other brand substitutes. First, make sure your doctor considers generic options. If those options aren’t available, there may be lower-cost brand-name drugs used to treat the same condition. Ask your pharmacist if you have that option then talk with your doctor to see if switching brands makes sense in your situation. Finally, whatever your prescription may be, a 90-day supply from your pharmacy can be less expensive out of pocket than refilling every 30 days.

Verify whether your plan has a preferred pharmacy network. Many prescription drug plans have a preferred pharmacy (preferred cost share) network where you can pay a lower out-of-pocket copay for the exact same drug. Walgreens is in the preferred pharmacy network for many of the largest Medicare sponsors and, effective January 2017, offers copays as low as $0 on generic medications for select plans.  Filling a generic medication at a non-preferred pharmacy could cost you $3, $5 or even $10 for the same drug. 

Seek Medicare’s Extra Help program and other ways to save. Medicare offers an Extra Help program to help people with limited income and resources pay Medicare prescription drug program costs, like premiums, deductibles and coinsurance. Make sure you’re taking full advantage of your insurance coverage, which may cover non-prescription items, like vaccinations and certain over-the-counter medications.

Medicare beneficiaries seeking help navigating prescription drug costs can find additional resources and a list of Medicare plan sponsors at walgreens.com/medicare.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Sponsored by Walgreens


Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Around Concord's free newsletter to catch every headline



Family Features Family Features Lifestyle


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Discovering New Hampshire

    01/24/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    01/24/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    01/25/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    01/25/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Decades Rewind

    01/25/2017
    07:30PM

    Take a trip down melody lane with Decades Rewind, featuring over 60 songs effortlessly blended in...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    01/26/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    01/26/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    01/27/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    01/27/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Greg Boggis Presents

    01/27/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    BOSTON COMEDIAN STEVE BJORK RETURNS TO THE HATBOX THEATRE ON FRIDAY JANUARY 27TH AT 7:30 PM. Ste...


  • Mostly Mozart: A Festival of Music and Theatre


  • Greg Boggis Presents . . .

    01/27/2017
    07:30PM

    Producer and host Greg Boggis has been a staple of the New England comedy scene for over 20 years...


  • Setting the Standard

    01/23/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • The MET Live in HD: Roméo et Juliette


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    01/24/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    01/24/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    01/25/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    01/25/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Decades Rewind

    01/25/2017
    07:30PM

    Take a trip down melody lane with Decades Rewind, featuring over 60 songs effortlessly blended in...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    01/26/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    01/26/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    01/27/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    01/27/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Greg Boggis Presents

    01/27/2017
    07:30PM — 09:30PM

    BOSTON COMEDIAN STEVE BJORK RETURNS TO THE HATBOX THEATRE ON FRIDAY JANUARY 27TH AT 7:30 PM. Ste...


  • Mostly Mozart: A Festival of Music and Theatre


  • Greg Boggis Presents . . .

    01/27/2017
    07:30PM

    Producer and host Greg Boggis has been a staple of the New England comedy scene for over 20 years...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    01/28/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    01/28/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Mostly Mozart: A Festival of Music and Theatre


  • Mostly Mozart: A Festival of Music and Theatre


  • Setting the Standard

    01/30/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    01/31/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    01/31/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire

    01/31/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire


  • State Ballet Theatre of Russia: Cinderella


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/01/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/01/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire

    02/01/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/02/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/02/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire

    02/02/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/03/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/03/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire

    02/03/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/04/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/04/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire

    02/04/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire


  • Setting the Standard

    02/06/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/07/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/07/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire

    02/07/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire


  • Inspired by "The Moth" series, audience members will put their name in a hat and will be called u...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/08/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/08/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire

    02/08/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire


  • Story Pirates

    02/08/2017
    10:00AM

    Story Pirates


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/09/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/09/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire

    02/09/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/10/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/10/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire

    02/10/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire


  • Noises Off

    02/10/2017
    07:30PM — 10:30PM

    Noises Off, an iconic farce and quite possibly one of the funniest shows ever written, follows a ...


  • Noises Off!

    02/10/2017
    07:30PM

    FUNNY!! FUNNY!! FUNNY!! Noises Off! is quite simply one of the funniest plays ever written! A s...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/11/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/11/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire

    02/11/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire


  • Best-selling, award-winning children’s musician Laurie Berkner has been a longtime fixture on TV’...


  • Guided Gallery Tours

    02/11/2017
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    Please note that there are two tours, one starts at 2:00 p.m. and the other starts at 3:00 p.m. E...


  • Noises Off!

    02/11/2017
    07:30PM

    FUNNY!! FUNNY!! FUNNY!! Noises Off! is quite simply one of the funniest plays ever written! A s...


  • Noises Off!

    02/12/2017
    02:00PM

    FUNNY!! FUNNY!! FUNNY!! Noises Off! is quite simply one of the funniest plays ever written! A s...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/13/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/14/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/14/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire

    02/14/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Love, Lust and Desire


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/15/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/15/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/16/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/16/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Greg Boggis Presents . . .

    02/16/2017
    07:30PM

    Producer and host Greg Boggis has been a staple of the New England comedy scene for over 20 years...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/17/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/17/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Guided Gallery Tours

    02/17/2017
    12:00PM — 01:00PM

    Enjoy a guided tour of the New Hampshire Historical Society's historic Park Street building and e...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/18/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/18/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Auditions, Other Desert Cities

    02/19/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    Auditions for the drama, Other Desert Cities, will be held on Sunday and Monday, February 19 and ...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/20/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Auditions, Other Desert Cities

    02/20/2017
    07:00PM — 09:00PM

    Auditions for the drama, Other Desert Cities, will be held on Sunday and Monday, February 19 and ...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/21/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/21/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Valerie Hird

    02/21/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Valerie Hird


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/22/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/22/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Valerie Hird

    02/22/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Valerie Hird


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/23/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/23/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Valerie Hird

    02/23/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Valerie Hird


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/24/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/24/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Valerie Hird

    02/24/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Valerie Hird


  • Ray of Light

    02/24/2017
    07:30PM

    Ray of Light


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/25/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/25/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Valerie Hird

    02/25/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Valerie Hird


  • The MET Live in HD: Rusalka

    02/25/2017
    07:00PM

    The MET Live in HD: Rusalka


  • Ray of Light

    02/25/2017
    07:30PM

    Ray of Light


  • Ray of Light

    02/26/2017
    02:00PM

    Ray of Light


  • Setting the Standard

    02/27/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    02/28/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    02/28/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Valerie Hird

    02/28/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Valerie Hird


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    03/01/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    03/01/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Valerie Hird

    03/01/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Valerie Hird


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    03/02/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    03/02/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Valerie Hird

    03/02/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Valerie Hird


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    03/03/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    03/03/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Valerie Hird

    03/03/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Valerie Hird


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    03/04/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    03/04/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Valerie Hird

    03/04/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Valerie Hird


  • Setting the Standard

    03/06/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    03/07/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    03/07/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Valerie Hird

    03/07/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Valerie Hird


  • Discovering New Hampshire

    03/08/2017
    09:30AM — 05:00PM

    From a 500-year-old dugout canoe to a 1972 Ski-doo, the exhibitions on display at the New Hampshi...


  • Setting the Standard

    03/08/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to present Setting the Standard, a multi-media, fine craft ...


  • Exhibit: Valerie Hird

    03/08/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Exhibit: Valerie Hird


 

 

 

Weekly Recipes