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Medicare Clients Select or Change Prescription Drug Coverage/Enroll in a 2011 Healthcare Plan

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 08 Nov 2010 01:19pm | comments

Beginning November 15th people with Medicare can add, drop or change their coverage plan. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports there are also big changes in store for prescription drug coverage.

Beneficiaries like Karen and Glenn Taylor of Terry hope to see a tremendous savings on the cost of their prescription drugs because of big savings in the Medicare Part D coverage gap.

"We spend $500 a month on his medicines alone."

Anyway you look at it the Taylor's say the new 50 percent savings on covered name brand prescriptions could make a huge difference in their quality of life.

"A lot of time it means the difference between buying his heart medicine and diabetes medicine or buying grocery. So for us I hope it’s, I hope it’s gonna be a big improvement, I hope.”

While some are praising parts of the new 2011 Affordable Care Act, Dr. Timothy Guinn, of Quinn Family Care in Jackson, says he is seeing resistance from many providers, to take patients covered under Medicare and Medicaid.

“The largest concern that I’m having from my colleagues that might not take that insurance anymore is that the reimbursement is going down and in essence they’re getting paid less for seeing the patients.

Quinn says he will continue to accept the new Medicare patients because of what he calls Mississippi's already poor medical and financial health.

“The outcome of this is people having these medical conditions and not getting treated and these medical conditions leading to these terminal situations such as someone ending up in the emergency room with a stroke or a heart attack and in many cases people dying.”

Medicare officials are encouraging Medicare recipients to review your current plan and make any necessary changes during the open enrollment period that ends December 31st. Lawayne Childrey MPB News.

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