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MOST ADULTS ENJOY shopping for prescription
drug coverage about as much as kids like shopping
for socks. After all, there is a wide range of plan
options, and you need to factor in all of your drugs
and dosages to get an accurate estimate of your
costs. Still, median annual savings of over $900 is a
compelling reason to dig in during the next annual
election period and run a comparison.
The latest report from eHealth found that, in
2016, more than 90 percent of people on Medicare
could save money on their combined total costs
(drugs and premiums) if they enrolled in the most
cost-effective plan. If you’re on Medicare, there’s a
good chance you’re spending too much money on
Year after year, groups like the University of
Pittsburgh, Avalere Health and eHealth report that
most people on Medicare are not in the prescription
drug plan that gets them the lowest costs for their
specific drug regimen.
Information for next year’s plans will be available beginning in October, and Medicare’s next
open enrollment period runs from October 15 to
Here’s a quick rundown of the changes you can
make during the open enrollment period; they will
go into effect on January 1, 2017.
• Consider joining a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan.
• Change to a Part D plan that costs less and
covers your drugs.
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• Change to a plan that lets you go to the doctor or pharmacy you want.
• Join a Medicare Advantage plan that includes
prescription drug coverage.
• Switch from one Medicare Advantage plan
The good news is, it’s easier than you think to
compare Medicare prescription drug plans. Local
and national resources are available to help you
shop for plans that meet your needs and fit your
budget. You can get a jump-start on your Medicare
coverage for open enrollment by visiting a local
State Health Insurance Assistance Program, accessing
Medicare.gov or calling 1-800-MEDICARE
Additionally, Costco Pharmacy has partnered
with eHealth Medicare to provide a Medicare
drug plan comparison tool that’s easy to use. The
tool allows you to compare different plans available in your area, side by side, based on overall
plan ratings, premiums, co-pays and total out-of-pocket costs. And, if you’re on a Medicare
Advantage Prescription Drug plan, you can also
compare plans that include your preferred doctors in their network.
You can browse Medicare plans online at
ehealthmedicareplans.com/costco or call 1-844-698-
1685 (T TY 711) to speak with an eHealth Medicare
licensed agent. There are no obligations to enroll.
For additional information about Medicare
planning, please see the article on page 71.
Allergy relief COSTCO
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Shop for a
plan to fit
ALLERGIES ARE an exaggerated reaction by your immune
system to otherwise harmless
substances called allergens. If
you have seasonal or indoor
allergies, those allergens might
include pet dander, pollen, dust
mites and mold.
The most common symptoms include sneezing, itchy and
watery eyes and a runny or stuffy
nose. Allergy symptoms can also
include sinus pressure. If you
suffer from allergies you know
this can feel a lot like a cold.
Avoiding allergens completely can be extremely difficult, but if you can reduce your
exposure to them by minimizing mold, dust mites and pet
dander in your house you have
a better chance of reducing your
symptoms. Sometimes precautions aren’t enough, so talk to
your doctor about over-the-counter allergy medicine. Since
children often need help taking
care of their allergy symptoms,
explain to them how allergy
Antihistamines and nasal
steroids can be helpful for allergy
symptoms and are available
without a prescription at Costco.
such as Kirkland Signature™
AllerClear (loratadine), and
Aller-Fex (fexofenadine), can be
used for mild, intermittent
symptoms such as sneezing or
itching. Aller-Tec (cetirizine) is
another option, although it can
For those with more severe
or persistent symptoms, a nasal
steroid such as Aller-Flo (
flutica-sone) can help. Nasal steroids
need to be used every day and
may take a week to start working, but provide better long-term
symptom control. Ask your
Costco pharmacist which allergy
treatment is best for you.