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Preparing to Choose a Medicare Drug Plan for 2015

Des Moines, Iowa — In less than a month Medicare will announce the 2015 Part D prescription drug plans.  “While cost is certainly an important factor, there are other important considerations in choosing a plan,” says Kris Gross from the State of Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP).  “These other factors can affect what comes out of your pocket as much as the price of the drugs,” she adds.

The list of drugs a plan will cover is called the “formulary.”  This list must include drugs in most commonly prescribed categories and classes, but not necessarily all drugs.  Your specific drug may not be covered by a plan.  If you or your doctor don’t believe any of the drugs on your plan’s drug list are appropriate, you can ask for an exception. 

If a plan removes a drug you are taking from its list, you must be notified at least 60 days in advance.  In most cases, if you have been actively taking the drug during the calendar year, you can continue taking it and the plan will cover it until the end of the year. 

It’s also important to understand that plans may have coverage rules to make sure that certain drugs are used correctly and only when necessary.  These rules may include prior authorization, step therapy, and quantity limits.  Prior authorization means your doctor must first contact the plan and show there is a medically-necessary reason why you must use this particular drug before the plan will cover it.  With step therapy you must first try certain less expensive drugs that have been proven effective for most people with your condition.  Quantity limits may apply to certain drugs for safety and costs reasons.  As you compare plans for 2015 check if any of these coverage rules will apply.  Not all plans use the same rules.

Finding a plan that includes your pharmacy in its network is the other important factor.  Your plan may not cover your prescription if you don’t go to a network pharmacy.  You can check to see if a network pharmacy is a preferred pharmacy, where costs may be less, or if it offers 60 or 90-day programs where you can get 60 or 90-day supplies.  Some plans offer mail-order programs that allow you to get up to a 90-day supply delivered to your home at cost-effective rates. 

As you compare plans for 2015 include on your checklist the drugs covered (formulary), network pharmacies and coverage rules. For more information or questions on Medicare Part D plans, contact your local SHIIP Volunteer at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 568-3411.  SHIIP is a service of the State of Iowa and does not sell or promote any insurance policy, company or agent.  All services are free, confidential and objective.  

 
SHIIP Volunteer Available at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Where can I go to find answers about the Medicare Prescription Drug Plans? Are mammograms covered by Medicare Part B? What coverage can I get with Medicare supplement insurance? Do long-term care policies cover people with Alzheimer’s disease? Answers to these questions can be found by meeting with the Senior Health Insurance Information Program volunteer at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Russ Hagen is a SHIIP volunteer at Veterans Memorial Hospital.  He completed the six-day extensive training program conducted by the State of Iowa.  People wishing to schedule an appointment with Russ should call 563-568-3411.

SHIIP, the Senior Health Insurance Information Program, was created in 1990 in response to the statewide need for senior health insurance information. SHIIP provides free informational materials as well as one-to-one assistance with Medicare Coverage, Medicare supplement insurance, long-term care insurance, Medicare and insurance claims and other related issues. SHIIP does not recommend insurance companies, plans or agents; the volunteers answer questions and provide impartial information to help seniors make well-informed decisions.

For more information and to make an appointment with Russ, please call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.

 

 

 
Questions and Answers about the VMH Auxiliary

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital is devoted to providing the hospital and its patients and visitors with many services.  Their annual membership drive is on now.Pictured are some members of the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital sewing new parade float skirting for the hospital’s float.

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The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital is devoted to providing the hospital and its patients and visitors with many services. The Auxiliary also holds annual fundraisers, such as the Women’s Health Day Luncheon each fall, the Pillow-Perk in early November, and their annual membership drive each July.   All the money the Auxiliary receives goes back to the hospital for equipment.

The Auxiliary also has a hard-cover, three-ring cookbook available for sale at Veterans Memorial Hospital. The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital began this project a couple of years ago, collecting recipes from all current hospital staff and volunteers, and included all the recipes from past hospital cookbooks dating back to 1964.  Over 1000 recipes are available in the book, including a special diabetic section with many recipes submitted by the Diabetic Support Group as well as the Youth Diabetic Support Group.

They have purchased numerous items for the hospital, including a new patient weigh bed, maternity services birthing bed, a new mammography viewbox for Radiology, two digital cameras, two ice machines, a chemotherapy chair, blanket warmers, a NuStep exercise machine, EKG machine, and most recently a new Maternity Services Birthing Tub.

 

WHEN DO YOU MEET?

The Auxiliary meets monthly the 2nd Monday of each month, at 1:00 p.m., in the ICN Conference Room at Veterans Memorial Hospital.  They also hold a monthly Euchre Marathon tournament the third Thursday of each month at the Senior Citizens Room at the Waukon Wellness Center.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO JOIN?

Auxiliary membership dues are just $5.00 for active members and $12.00 for inactive members.

For more information on how to join the Veterans Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, please call Nona Sawyer at 568-3105 or Lillian Larson at 568-2330.

 
New Hospital Staff and Volunteer Cookbook Makes A Great Gift
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The new Veterans Memorial Hospital hard-cover, three-ring cookbook is available as a gift, and will even be mailed out by hospital staff to its destination.  These cookbooks were compiled in honor of the hospital’s 60th anniversary and are available for sale at the hospital’s main entrance for $15 each. Click Here to Download the Order Form.  The form can be downloaded, filled out and sent into the hospital with an additional $5 shipping and handling fee.


A hard-cover, three-ring cookbook is now available for sale at Veterans Memorial Hospital.  The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital began this project, collecting recipes from all current hospital staff and volunteers, and included all the recipes from past hospital cookbooks dating back to 1964.

Over 1000 recipes are available in the book, including a special diabetic section with many recipes submitted by the Diabetic Support Group as well as the Youth Diabetic Support Group.

A full history of Veterans Memorial Hospital including photos from the start in 1950 to the present is included in the book.  Special sections on healthy tips for traveling, grocery shopping, and preparing meals, as well as the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are also included.  In addition, the inside front and back covers of the book includes a fill listing of substitutions for lowering fat,  saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar and sodium when cooking.

These new Veterans Memorial Hospital Staff and Volunteer cookbooks were compiled in honor of the hospital’s 60th anniversary and are available for sale at the hospital’s main entrance for $15 each.

For more information, please call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 568-3411.

 
Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital is now holding their annual membership drive.  Pictured above are the Auxiliary officers for 2010-2011.  Pictured, left to right is Gloria Hertrampf, Treasurer, Nona Sawyer, President, and Jane Butler, Secretary, with Mary Kay Winke, out-going president at right. Not pictured is Lillian Larson, Vice President. 

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Hospital Auxiliary Euchre Marathons

The Euchre marathons are held the third Thursday of each month at the Senior Citizens Room at the Waukon Wellness Center. Men and women are welcome to attend, even if you are not an Auxiliary member.

The Auxiliary’s Euchre Marathons begin at 11:30 a.m. with dinner if you choose.  Please call Deloras Paus at 568-3805 if you wish to eat dinner.  Card playing will follow at 12:30 p.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m.  Anyone wishing to stay and play cards following the Senior Citizens meal is more than welcome to do so.  The cost is $3.00 per person with all proceeds going towards the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital.  Prizes will be awarded.

Anyone interested in attending, but preferring to play Bridge is also welcome to join in.  It is asked that you come with your table of 4 players, however.

For more information, please call Auxiliary member Nona Sawyer, at 568-3105 or 568-0043.

 
Auxiliary of VMH

The Auxiliary is devoted to providing the hospital and its patients and visitors with many services. Each year, the Auxiliary also holds fundraisers, such as the Pillow-Perk in the fall, and Fashion Show Luncheon each spring, to help raise funds for purchasing equipment for the hospital.

 
VMH Volunteers

Upon entering the hospital, volunteers and staff are available to assist patients and visitors for any need. The front lobby offers a cheery, attractive waiting area for visitors and family members, as well as those waiting for various outpatient services.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Veterans Memorial Hospital, please contact Erin Berns at 563-568-3411.

 


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