Residents enrolled in the original fee-for-service Medicare program can enroll in one of the 30 prescription drug plans offered in Oklahoma. The monthly premiums range from $15 to $118.60. Most of the plans are between $30 and $50.
“My best advice is, if you look at that list, you need to look beyond the premiums,” Moos said.
Residents can visit Medicare's website at www.medicare.gov to access several resources to help choose the right plan. One of the resources, “Medicare Plan Finder,” helps recipients find which plan might serve them best.
Moos said it's important to look at each plan's deductible. Using the plan finder on Medicare's website can help you with making that decision, he said. To help you identify the best and worst plans, the plan finder also provides star ratings for each plan, he said.
To use the tool, recipients will need to enter in information about each of their prescriptions, including the dosage, so it's helpful to have prescription bottles nearby, Moos said.
“If that seems a little overwhelming for someone, there is help out there,” Moos said.