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Future Pharmacists Help Seniors Understand Medicare Plan D

While politicians and insurance companies are doing their part to explain the new Medicare Plan D, students from Duquesne’s Mylan School of Pharmacy are reaching out to the community to educate consumers about the plan. Beginning this week, these future pharmacists will travel across the area, sharing information with seniors who are faced with trying to understand the challenging program.

The students will discuss the basics of Plan D in regards to eligibility, patient out-of-pocket expenses, creditable coverage, formularies and other critical components through PowerPoint presentations, brochures and one-on-one consultations. Students can tailor their outreach to the needs of any organization or group seeking to better understand Plan D.

“These students realize that many of the questions about Medicare Plan D and perhaps considerable frustration by consumers will be borne by pharmacists working in the field,” explains Dr. Shane Desselle, associate professor of pharmacy administration and president of the Allegheny County Pharmacists Association. “Therefore, it’s logical that they have been active in educating consumers about this Medicare benefit.”

The Mylan School students are hosting presentations at the following locations:

  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30
    The Jewish Community Center
    5738 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill
  • 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30
    St. Barnabas Retirement Village
    5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia

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