When I think of all things we did last summer, cookouts, movies, concerts, well, it makes realize how much I took for granted before the Pandemic.
Fortunately we did get out last week with the whole family, the first time in a while. Check out our adventure.
Who doesn’t love Lego, right?
The point is, if you are careful, there are things going on your community that you can do safely, so make the effort to get out a least once this week and try something new, you will be glad you did.
Believe it or not, I am not in the midst a re certifying for 2021 with all Medicare Carriers and I’m starting to review changes in the plans.
Big picture: Copays for the Advantage plans and the drugs co pays are going up, as usual :(.
The good news? Telehealth is going to get easier and more common. That’s a good thing. Here’s an article on what’s coming up.
If you are taking expensive Medicare medications, now is the time to review them with your doctor and your pharmacist and see if there are alternatives. Many of you are now in the “donut hole” and paying a lot for your medications, so this is the time to see if there are lower priced alternatives.
Please call if you have questions.
Every week as I onboard new Medicare clients, I speak with at least one person who taking is a medication that they have NO IDEA why they are taking.
Wanna hear the scary part? Sometimes when they ask their doctor, they’ll discover they’ve been taking a med for years that was only needed for a few weeks!
Check out these tips on reviewing your meds and reducing the cost of your drugs. It might save your life and your wallet.
Review your medications quarterly. Make sure you know why you are taking each of your medications. If you don’t, ask your doctor and your pharmacist. Also, be sure to shop your medications and check GoodRX.
Here’s a great article on how to manage your medications.
The gist of the article:
“If you are taking more than five prescription medications on a regular basis, is vitally important to schedule three or four periodic visits with your physician per year to review and update the medication list and give your physician a chance to reevaluate your general health status with your medications in mind,” says Dr. Lawren Hicks, MD, medical director for Senior Services at John Muir Health.
So be sure to review your medications quarterly. Make sure you know why you are taking each of your medications. If you don’t, ask your doctor and your pharmacist. Also, be sure to shop your medications by asking for the cash price and looking up your prescriptions on GoodRX. It is a pain but it is important.
And remember, if you have questions about Medicare or how to enroll, send an email to Karl@thebig65.com or book a time on my calendar.