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BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING
EXPERTS AGREE, IT’S a good idea to review
your Medicare prescription coverage every
year. Most Medicare prescription plans
change their premiums, prescription co-pays and the medications covered every
year, which may affect what you pay out
According to the 2014 eHealth Choice
and Impact Study, a Medicare bene;ciary
could save over $950 annually on prescription drug costs by switching to a Medicare
prescription drug plan with the lowest out-of-pocket costs.
Medicare’s Annual Election Period
(AEP) runs every year from October 15 to
December 7. If you didn’t sign up for a
Medicare plan when you ;rst became eligible or if you would like to compare plans,
the AEP is your chance to enroll or make
changes to your existing coverage. (Changes
you make during the AEP go into effect
January 1 of the next year.)
What changes can you make during the
AEP? Here’s a quick rundown.
; Join a Medicare Part D prescription
ONE IN THREE Americans has high blood
pressure, or hypertension, and many don’t
know it. Doctors o;en recommend monitoring blood pressure at home to help manage
hypertension, one of the leading causes of
Here are a few tips to help you get the
best results when monitoring at home.
For an accurate measurement, sit quietly for 10 minutes before taking a reading
and avoid eating, smoking or any form of
exertion. When ;tting the cu;, place it on
bare skin, not too tight, about ¾ inch above
the elbow. Rotate the cu; on your arm so the
artery mark on the cu; is aligned with the
inner portion of your arm (use your pinky
;nger as a guide). Do not ;ex muscles during the measurement and always measure
using the same arm.
Also, compare blood pressure measurements taken at the same time each day to
help ensure consistent conditions.
Follow these steps to share accurate, reliable results with your physician. C
Are you getting the
right Medicare coverage
at the best price?
AS A MOM, I know
that oral thermometers can be a challenge with a sick or
Temporal Artery Thermometer makes
taking care of a sick loved one of any
age, from infants to geriatrics, easier
with a gentle scan across the forehead.
During the temporal artery scan, the
thermometer takes 1,000 readings per
second, giving users the safest, most
convenient, comfortable and accurate
The new features include a Soft Glow
display for easy reading in any light, an
automatic temperature memory that holds
up to eight readings, a programmable
beeper that can be turned off while the
patient is sleeping, programmable
Fahrenheit and Celsius temperature scales and one-button programming.
Exergen Corporation, the U.S. manufacturer, makes not only
a consumer model
available at Costco and
Costco.com, but also
a professional version
used by doctors’ of;ces,
clinics and hospitals.
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; Change from one Medicare prescription drug plan to another.
; Join a Medicare Advantage Plan that
includes prescription drug coverage.
; Switch from a Medicare Advantage
plan that doesn’t include drug coverage to
a Medicare Advantage plan that does.
Costco Pharmacy has partnered with
eHealth Medicare to offer a free Medicare
plan comparison tool to ;nd the plan that
best ;ts you and the medications you take.
The tool allows you to compare different
plans available in your area, side by side,
based on overall plan ratings, premiums, co-pays and out-of-pocket drug costs. Costco
Pharmacy offers preferred cost sharing with
select Medicare Prescription Plans that offer
reduced co-pays/costs when you use a
Browse available plans online by
costco.com/medicare.html or call
1-844-698-1685 (TTY 711) to speak with an
eHealth Medicare licensed agent. There is
no obligation to enroll. C