Major Issue for Medicare Consumers
Showcased During Pharmacy Benefits Week
Fredericksburg, VA —Today, Healthy Generations Area Agency on Aging (http://www.healthygenerations.org) formerly Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging launched a public education campaign to spread awareness of the fact that the vast majority of Medicare beneficiaries don’t take full advantage of their pharmacy coverage, resulting in poor medication adherence that can have a negative effect on their physical and financial health. The campaign is being conducted during Pharmacy Benefits Week (PBW) (http://www.n4a.org), a national observance taking place January 25-29, 2017. The event continues through February 24, 2017
Research shows that only 12 percent (LINK TO RESEARCH) of Medicare beneficiaries understand their pharmacy benefits and are, therefore, able to make the most of them. Without an understanding of their benefits, too many older adults and people with disabilities may not be taking their medications as prescribed because they fear additional out-of-pocket costs.
Because Healthy Generations Area Agency on Aging already plays a crucial role in counseling consumers about Medicare, it made sense to participate in the Answers on Aging® | Pharmacy Benefits (LINK TO N4A WEBSITE) campaign, which was developed by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Walgreens. (LINK TO WALGREENS SITE).
“Once people pick their Part D plan, you would think that they would be very knowledgeable about what it contains, but that’s often not the case,” said one AAA Executive Director. “But when they realize that there’s a link between fully utilizing their prescription coverage and better health and financial outcomes, they’ll want to know more,” she noted.