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VUHS students to help seniors with Medicare questions

For the third year, senior citizens are being asked to choose the best Medicare-D prescription drug coverage. This program was designed to utilize Medicares own web site, supervised by medical professionals. Often times, senior citizens are unable to effectively navigate this website and are left to choose randomly and hope for the best. Only a handful of people in the country are trained to fully understand the web site. Vergennes Union High School seniors have volunteered to acquire this knowledge and will be trained by professionals to use Medicares web site. Pharmacists have found that when using this process effectively, the average savings under Medicare D is between $500 and $1,100 per person. The procedure is anonymous, does not require your name, (we will use your date of birth and your phone number to respect your privacy). Just bring in your list of medications, including name, strength and quantity per month, and we will do the rest. We will review your medications and the various plan formularies and co-pays. Then, if possible, work with you and your physician to save you money and potentially avoid the Donut Hole if necessary (this could not be done without balanced, professional, team-approach.). *The donut hole is where your coverage ends and you are left paying full price. This event will be at Vergennes Union High School on Sunday, Dec. 2, 1-4 p.m. Students will be professionally trained and will be prepared to meet your needs. This program was created last year and has been proven effective to help a lot of people in a short amount of time. If you would like more information about this topic, or would like to schedule an interview, please contact Meg Coffey at 877-2938 extension 235.

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