Friday, October 29, 2010

Open Enrollment Goes Virtual: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Launches Virtual Open Enrollment Center, Allowing Companies to More Easily Engage Employees

/PRNewswire/ -- For medium and large organizations, providing employees with complete, comprehensive and consistent information during open enrollment can be challenging. To help businesses reach and engage their employees more easily, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA) has launched a Virtual Open Enrollment center, an easy to use, easy to understand interactive 3-D environment, which can be found at:

"The virtual enrollment center is another way that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is delivering the best value to our customers and the members we serve," said Morgan Kendrick, President, BCBSGA. "Many businesses tell us they want to improve their systems to more effectively and efficiently communicate important benefit information to their employees. The BCBSGA virtual open enrollment center, designed with input from businesses, was created to meet this need. Ultimately, we believe this will help individuals make the best benefit choices to fit their unique circumstances."

With the virtual enrollment center, employees can access benefits information at their convenience in a single intuitive and interactive location. Upon entering the site, a user will see a 3-D design with their company's logo and a video spokesperson delivering personalized messages. The center has scrolling marquees providing up to date messaging. The user can easily find enrollment information through simple key word searches. In addition, the virtual enrollment center has a content library, housing enrollment materials, documents that can be downloaded, and web links to additional information such as health plan details, provider lists, prescription information and other available health programs.

This is also a valuable resource for human resource departments as they can easily maintain and publish content. The virtual enrollment center gives them the ability to efficiently reach all employees, increase visibility within the organization, track the number of visitors and monitor the usage.

"BCBSGA's virtual open enrollment center has been a great resource for our business and our employees," said Hazel Davis, manager, health and welfare plans for Albemarle Corporation. "We began using this new system last week and already our employee engagement has increased, and the employee feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Our employees are able to access the center at their convenience, helping them to more effectively select the best benefits for themselves and their families. We have been looking for a way to increase employee engagement and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia's virtual open enrollment center has been a perfect solution."

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

HHS announces nearly 700 additional employers and unions to receive help providing health coverage to early retirees and their families

Nearly 3,600 employers and unions approved to participate in the Affordable Care Act's Early Retiree Reinsurance Program to date; applications still being accepted

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today released a list of additional employers and unions accepted into the Affordable Care Act's Early Retiree Reinsurance Program. Nearly 700 additional large and small businesses, state and local governments, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and unions have been accepted into the program, which reimburses employers for a portion of the cost of health benefits for early retirees' and their families. Today's announcement brings the total number of organizations participating in the program to nearly 3,600.

"By helping employers and unions continue to offer coverage for early retirees, we're helping them compete -- while providing a measure of certainty and security for their former workers at a time when it could not be more important," said Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "The Early Retiree Reinsurance Program seeks to shore up the financial foothold for employers and unions who want to provide coverage to their retirees."

Created by the Affordable Care Act as another bridge to the new health insurance exchanges in 2014, the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program provides $5 billion in financial assistance to employers and unions, to help them maintain coverage for early retirees ages 55 and older who are not yet eligible for Medicare. Businesses and other employers and unions that are accepted into the program will receive reimbursement for a portion of the costs of health benefits for their early retirees and their spouses, surviving spouses, and dependents. Savings may be used to reduce employer or union health care costs, provide premium or out-of-pocket relief to workers, retirees, and their families, or both. The program ends on January 1, 2014, when the state-based health insurance exchanges will be up and running.

HHS' Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight has approved nearly 3,600 employer and union plans, representing a broad range of employers and unions from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, for participation in the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, with more applications being reviewed every day. HHS has set up a website,, where sponsors can begin submitting information today to qualify early retirees, spouses, surviving spouses, and dependents for claims reimbursements.

Employers and unions interested in the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program should visit or call 1-877-574-3777 or 877-574-ERRP. Employers and unions can find the application form and application instructions, as well as other relevant guidance and regulations from HHS, online.

More information about the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, a full alphabetical list of participants, and an interactive map displaying participants by state is available online. This list is updated regularly. To find this information, please visit:

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Medicare Open Enrollment Starts November 15th

The GeorgiaCares State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is helping Medicare recipients make informed decisions about which prescription drug and Advantage plan options are best for them. Beginning on October 15, consumers can compare available plans by visiting They may also call GeorgiaCares toll-free at 1-800-669-8387 for personalized assistance.

Open enrollment for Medicare Part C and D begins November 15, and recipients will have until December 31, 2010, to make their choices. With so many options available, choosing the right one is important. This is the first year that there will be one election period for both Part C and D plans. After this time, plan changes can be made during the annual Disenrollment Period of January 1 - February 15th of each year. During the Disenrollment Period, beneficiaries will only be allowed to leave a Medicare Part C plan and return to Original Medicare (Parts A and B) with the option of choosing a prescription drug plan.

“The GeorgiaCares SHIP network provides one-on-one assistance, so that callers can get personalized help as they compare their options and decide on which plans best meet their needs,” said Dr. James J. Bulot, director of the DHS Division of Aging Services.

GeorgiaCares SHIP counselors are available through the statewide network of Area Agencies on Aging and will provide community education sessions and answer hotline calls to help beneficiaries understand their options for next year. Beneficiaries can call GeorgiaCares toll-free at 1-800-669-8387 or Medicare at 1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227) for assistance.

GeorgiaCares SHIP and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) advise people who wish to make a change to do so as close as possible to the November 15 opening date to ensure their coverage will be available on January 1, 2011. Companies began marketing their plans on October 1.

GeorgiaCares SHIP services are free and also assist Medicare beneficiaries on Medicare, Medicaid and Medigap matters, including long-term care insurance, claims, resolution to billing problems, information and referral on public benefit programs aimed at those with limited incomes and assets, and other health care insurance information.

GeorgiaCares SHIP urges everyone to review their coverage and make sure that any changes to the plan for 2011 will still meet their needs. Beneficiaries who do not want to make a change can remain in their plan from 2010.

Beneficiaries who want to consider all of their options will have access to help from many sources, including a notice of any coverage changes from their drug plan; the enhanced Medicare Drug Plan Finder at; the Medicare & You 2011 annual handbook that explains Medicare coverage; 1-800-Medicare (1-800-633-4227), which will be available 24/7; and GeorgiaCares - Local Help for People with Medicare, 1-800-669-8387.

For more information about services available to older Georgians and their families, visit the DHS Division of Aging Services at or call (866) 55-AGING (552-4464).

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Oxendine: Choose Carefully During Open Enrollment

Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine urges consumers who are part of a group health plan to be prepared to make the right choices during health insurance open enrollment.

“It's the time of year when many companies across the country hold open enrollment periods for their group health insurance plans,” Oxendine said. “Consider the options carefully to be sure you and your family are properly covered.”

Open enrollment refers to the period of time during which all members of your group health insurance plan have the opportunity to enroll in certain benefit programs. During this period, insurance carriers are required to accept all applicants of the group without underwriting or evidence of insurability. Open enrollment is generally only held once a year, so if you miss it, you likely will not be able to enroll in your employer-sponsored health insurance program until next year. Certain exceptions apply for new employees or employees with life-changing events.

Make sure to check with your human resources department to see when your company’s open enrollment period begins and ends, and when your policy goes into effect.

There are many different types of major medical plans typically offered by employers. For help understanding the fundamental differences between preferred provider organizations (PPO), health maintenance organizations (HMO), point of service plans (POS) or indemnity plans, visit our website at

Before making a choice:
Check to see if your current physicians and area hospitals are in the plan’s network. Using network providers generally will save money on your health care.
Check to see if spouses or dependents are covered. Some plans will cover spouses and other dependents, while other plans will not.
Read all of the plan materials thoroughly. Doing so will tell you what your rights and responsibilities are under each plan.
Review any pre-existing condition exclusions and prior authorization requirements in the plan materials.
If you take prescription medications, check them against the list of approved drugs in each plan booklet.
If any part of a plan is unclear to you, ask for help from your human resources department or the insurance carrier.

If you are not satisfied with the answers to your questions, contact Oxendine’s Consumer Services Division for help and advice at 1-800-656-2298.

In this uncertain market, it’s important to carefully evaluate your healthcare costs when making your annual enrollment decisions. While one option might have high monthly premiums and a low deductible, and another might have a low premium but more out-of-pocket expenses, it could be misleading which plan is best for you until you do the figures.

To pick the best coverage, first calculate your healthcare costs from recent years and try to estimate what your costs might be for the coming year. Don’t forget to include the cost of doctor’s visits, daily medications and any procedures you might be planning.

Next, make a list of the premiums, out-of-pocket expenses and benefits under each plan. Co-payments, deductibles and additional charges for wellness care or specialists (e.g. chiropractic care, cosmetic surgery, etc.) are examples of out-of-pocket expenses that you are responsible to pay. Remember, if you use a medical provider that is out-of-network, you will generally pay more out-of-pocket expenses. Include these fees in your calculations.

Finally, decide how much you can afford to pay. Other things to keep in mind:
Check for any annual limits and prior authorization requirements.
Some prescription medications have higher co-payments than others and they might vary from plan to plan. Mail-order options might be available for maintenance drugs at a lower cost to you.
If your dependents have health insurance coverage through their employer, school or the Veteran’s Administration, compare their costs and benefits to the family plans you are considering to ensure that you choose the best plan for every member of your family. Make the same type of comparisons for any dental or vision care plans that you are offered.

Once enrolled in a health plan, you will not be able to make changes until the next open enrollment period, unless there is a life changing event such as divorce, a job change, marriage or the birth or adoption of a baby.

If you do not receive insurance cards and/or enrollment information, contact your HR administrator, or call the insurance company.

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

How health care reform affects your Medicare enrollment

(ARA) - Health care legislation passed earlier this year may make Medicare annual enrollment season particularly challenging for the millions of baby boomers aging into Medicare and for seniors already enrolled who are considering different coverage for 2011. Annual enrollment runs from Nov. 15 to Dec. 31, allowing people to select their Medicare coverage for 2011.

"Choosing a Medicare plan can be overwhelming in any year," says Adrienne Muralidharan, senior Medicare specialist for the Allsup Medicare Advisor, a Medicare plan selection service for people with disabilities and those 65 and older. "However, this year there are not only the usual changes, such as premium and coverage changes, you also need to understand how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act may affect your 2011 Medicare coverage."

According to Muralidharan, the most important ways the new health care legislation will affect Medicare beneficiaries for 2011 include:

* Prescription drug costs should be lower in the "doughnut hole." For 2011, Medicare beneficiaries will receive a 50 percent discount for the cost of brand-name prescription drugs and a 7 percent discount for generic drugs they are taking while in the prescription drug doughnut hole.

* Medicare Part B (medical insurance) will fully cover preventive care. Beginning in 2011, Medicare beneficiaries will no longer have to pay deductibles or co-pays for preventive services that fall under U.S. Preventive Service Task Force guidelines, such as an annual wellness exam.

* More beneficiaries may have higher costs for Medicare Part B and Part D (prescription drug) coverage. The Part B income threshold freezes at the 2010 levels through 2019. As a result, individuals with modified adjusted gross income (income) exceeding $85,000 and married couples with income exceeding $170,000 will have to pay higher premiums. Because this will not adjust with inflation, it's likely more people over time will be subject to higher premiums. In addition, the law reduces the Medicare Part D premium subsidy for individuals with incomes above these levels.

* Opportunities to change coverage after the annual enrollment period will be more limited. Historically, an open enrollment period ran from Jan. 1 through March 31, immediately after annual enrollment ended. During open enrollment, people were able to switch from their existing Medicare plans to similar Medicare coverage, choosing from "like to like" options.

Now, open enrollment has been replaced with a shorter annual disenrollment period, which runs from Jan. 1 through Feb. 14. During this period, the only change that can be made is to disenroll from a Medicare Advantage plan in order to enroll in traditional Medicare and join a Medicare Part D plan. Other selections will not be available to consumers.

"It's easy to get confused over the various Medicare enrollment periods," Muralidharan says. "However, it's now more important than ever to look at annual enrollment as your main opportunity to choose your coverage."

Reasons to review your medicare coverage

Changes brought on by health care reform are just one reason people should evaluate their Medicare coverage. Each year, individuals with Medicare should consider different health care coverage if they experience any of the following:

* Your health situation has changed in the past year.

* Your provider situation has changed (for example, you hospital or physician left your plan).

* Your coverage has changed (for example, certain drugs, procedures or conditions are no longer covered).

* Your plan premiums and/or co-payments have increased.

* You have moved to a new location.

* Your current plan no longer will be available.

Additionally, people now turning 65 and becoming Medicare-eligible for the first time should carefully review their options - and make certain they follow the enrollment guidelines. Failing to do so can trigger costly penalties and may mean certain coverage is unavailable in the future.

"The choices you make about your Medicare coverage can have a significant effect on your health care and your finances," says Muralidharan. "If you are uncertain about which Medicare plans are available to you, or which would best meet your needs, seek help before enrolling." More information on Medicare plan selection assistance is available at or (888) 271-1173.

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Saturday, October 02, 2010

Care Improvement Plus Releases 2011 Medicare Health Plan Benefits for Georgia

/PRNewswire/ -- Care Improvement Plus, operator of the largest special needs plan in Georgia, is standing by its commitment to serve chronically ill and underserved Medicare beneficiaries with the release of its 2011 Medicare health plan benefits in preparation for the upcoming Medicare annual election period, which begins November 15th.

"At a time when there is concern over unpredictable change in healthcare, Care Improvement Plus remains committed to our members and the underserved Medicare beneficiaries of Georgia," said Frederick C. Dunlap, chairman and chief executive officer of XLHealth, which owns and operates Care Improvement Plus. "For 2011, we are continuing to build upon our innovative model of care, providing specialized services that go well beyond what Original Medicare and most Medicare Advantage plans offer -- improving quality of care and controlling healthcare costs."

The details of Care Improvement Plus' 2011 Medicare health plan benefits include stable plan premiums with $0 options, and the continuation of valuable additional benefits and services, such as:

* Vision, dental, transportation, and Over-The-Counter benefits
* Care management program including nurse coaching and a 24-7 nurse hotline
* Free annual in-home health assessments with a licensed practitioner
* Personalized counseling sessions with plan pharmacists
* Assistance with accessing social support services
* An open access provider network with no referral required for Medicare-covered services
* $0 copays for important preventive care services

Beneficiaries with chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart failure complex healthcare needs requiring a patient-centered focus, making Care Improvement Plus an important option for more than 1,218,887 eligible Georgians to consider.

"During a time when some Medicare Advantage companies are either discontinuing or reducing their coverage, we will continue to serve Georgia Medicare beneficiaries with stability in cost and benefits," continues Dunlap.

Care Improvement Plus will open enrollment on November 15, 2010 for services effective January 1, 2011. Those interested in learning more about Care Improvement Plus may call 1-800-711-1656, or visit for more information.

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Friday, October 01, 2010

Affordable Care Act gives consumers new tools, makes health insurance market more transparent

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced that new information and tools have been added to HHS' consumer website that will make the health insurance market more transparent, increase competition and help lower costs for individuals.

For the first time ever, price estimates for private insurance policies are available, allowing consumers to easily compare health insurance plans - putting consumers, not their insurance companies, in charge by providing one-stop shopping and taking the guesswork and confusion out of buying insurance.

To help consumers make more informed choices, the site includes new information including two notable metrics never before made public:
* Insurance providers are required to provide the percentage of people who applied for insurance and were denied coverage.

* Insurance companies are required to provide the percentage of applicants who were charged higher premiums because of their health status.

"Millions of Americas have already logged-on to's Insurance Finder to see what health coverage options are available to them," said Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "This already unprecedented ability to search and compare coverage options is getting better with the new benefits and price information now available. These changes will help Americans find coverage that meets their needs and that gives them value for their dollars now."

Created under the Affordable Care Act, was launched July 1, 2010, and is the first website of its kind to bring information and links to health insurance plans into one place to make it easy for consumers to learn about and compare their insurance choices. HHS' Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (OCIIO) worked to define and collect detailed benefits and premium rating information from insurers across the country, and starting October 1, 2010, consumers will also be able to find information about health insurance options such as:
* Monthly premium estimates;
* Cost-sharing information, including annual deductibles and out-of-pocket limits;
* Major categories of services covered;
* Consumer's share of cost for these services;
* Percent of people in the plan who pay more than the base premium estimate due to their health status; and
* Percent of people denied coverage from a health plan;

More than 225 insurance companies have provided information about their individual and family plans for more than 4,400 policies, including policies in every state and the District of Columbia. Consumers can search for and compare information on plans available to them based on their age, gender, family size, tobacco use and location.

"We applaud the insurance companies that have provided us this information about their products. Together, we are improving competition in the insurance marketplace," said Jay Angoff, director of the Office for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. "This type of transparent competition is critical to improving quality of coverage and lowering costs for consumers."

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Statement on the application of medical loss ratio standards to certain health plans under the Affordable Care Act

Jay Angoff, director of the Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the following statement September 30, regarding the application of medical loss ratio standards to certain health plans under the Affordable Care Act:

"As many employers and insurers consider health insurance options for 2011, one question that has been raised is the applicability of provisions of the Affordable Care Act to health plans and coverage with special circumstances. HHS remains committed to implementing the law in a way that minimizes disruption to coverage that is available today while also ensuring that consumers receive the benefits the Act provides.

"For example, pursuant to the Affordable Care Act and our regulations, HHS recently announced an expedited process for plans to apply for a waiver from the requirement in the Affordable Care Act establishing minimum annual limits where such limits would result in decreased access or increased premiums. HHS has approved dozens of these waiver requests, most often filed by so-called "mini-med" plans, and in doing so, has ensured the continuation of health coverage for workers and their families. Complete waiver applications were generally processed in 48 hours.

"More recently, the issue of the applicability of the medical loss ratio requirements to plans such as mini-med plans has come up. HHS has not yet issued regulations implementing the medical loss ratio requirements because the Affordable Care Act tasks the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) with first making recommendations to the Secretary.

"Although the NAIC is close to completing its work, we understand that some employers must soon make decisions regarding coverage options for 2011. As such, we fully intend to exercise her discretion under the new law to address the special circumstances of mini-med plans in the medical loss ratio calculations. According to the Affordable Care Act, medical loss ratio "methodologies shall be designed to take into account the special circumstance of smaller plans, different types of plans, and newer plans." We recognize that mini-med plans are often characterized by a relatively high expense structure relative to the lower premiums charged for these types of policies. We intend to address these and other special circumstances in forthcoming regulations."

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Humana and Walmart Announce Innovative Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan with Lowest National Monthly Premium Offered in all 50 States and D.C.¹

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) announced an innovative Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, co-branded with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) or (“Walmart”), that can provide significant savings on monthly plan premiums and prescription medicine copayments and cost-shares for Medicare beneficiaries, including seniors and people with disabilities.

The Humana Walmart-Preferred Rx Plan (PDP) offers one low national monthly plan premium of $14.80 – according to CMS¹, the lowest national plan premium in 2011 for a standalone Medicare Part D plan premium offered in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. This new co-branded prescription drug plan can save a typical Medicare Part D beneficiary who enrolls in the Humana Walmart-Preferred Rx Plan (PDP) an estimated average of more than $450² in 2011 on plan premiums and prescription medication copayments and cost-shares when compared with the average total costs for a Part D prescription drug plan in 2010. With nearly 18 million Americans relying on Medicare Part D for their prescriptions³, the Humana Walmart-Preferred Rx Plan (PDP) provides an affordable prescription solution for those who need it most.

“One of the primary goals of health care reform is to make health coverage more affordable – and that’s what we’re doing with the introduction of this low-cost Medicare Part D plan,” said William Fleming, PharmD, vice president of Humana Pharmacy Solutions. “People are more likely to take the medications prescribed for them when they can afford those medications. And adhering to prescription-drug regimens can enable people to be healthier and prevent future illness. At Humana, we believe that this prevention helps people live healthier lives and achieve lifelong well-being.”

“We know every dollar counts, especially when you live on a fixed income. We believe no one should have to choose between buying their groceries or their medications,” said John Agwunobi, M.D., president of Walmart’s Health and Wellness division. “Financial health is a fundamental part of a person’s well-being. At Walmart, the customer is always front and center, and that is why we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure seniors have access to the medications they need at a price they can afford.”

Humana Walmart-Preferred Rx Plan (PDP): Benefits and Details

* One low monthly rate nationwide. The monthly plan premium is less than $15 a month for everyone, regardless of where they live.
-According to CMS, the $14.80 monthly plan premium is the lowest national plan premium in 2011 for a standalone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan offered in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.1
-The Humana Walmart-Preferred Rx Plan (PDP) offers a monthly plan premium of $14.80, which is less than half the weighted 2010 national average for Medicare Part D prescription drug plans’ monthly plan premiums⁴.

* Low copayments when plan members use preferred pharmacies like Walmart, Neighborhood Market or Sam’s Club pharmacies:
-In-store copayments (at preferred pharmacies) on generic prescriptions start as low as $2 when plan members use preferred pharmacies.
-Copayments as low as $0 for generic prescriptions filled via Humana’s RightSource home-delivery prescription service.

* A broad competitive formulary comparable to other plans, with a list of prescription drugs included in the plan available at

How to Enroll in the Plan: Call, Click or Go

Information on the plan is available starting today; annual enrollment for Medicare plans begins Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, and continues through Dec. 31, 2010. To get more information on the Humana Walmart-Preferred Rx Plan (PDP) and to learn more about these savings:

* Call Humana to enroll at 1-800-899-0441. For TTY, call 711, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.
* Click on or to enroll.
* Click on or for additional plan details and links to enroll.
* Visit a Walmart store to speak to a Humana representative.
o Informational kiosks, including many staffed by Humana representatives, are available in approximately 3,000 Walmart stores across the country. Medicare beneficiaries can click on “Find a Location Near You” at to locate an on-site Humana representative.

Medicare Part D Background

Medicare Part D is the prescription drug program supported by the federal government. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 18 million people are currently enrolled in a standalone Part D plan3 and Families USA reports that seniors generate one-third of all prescriptions filled in the United States⁵.


1 “Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.” Click on the “2011 Drug Plan Information - State Fact Sheets” under “Spotlights.” September 2010.

2 Savings estimate is based on a comparison between 1) the projected average nationwide out-of-pocket costs for the 2011 benefit year for the average Medicare beneficiary who enrolls in the Humana Walmart-Preferred Rx Plan (PDP) and fills their prescriptions in-store at preferred pharmacies like Walmart, Sam's Club, and Neighborhood Market pharmacies, and 2) the projected average nationwide out-of-pocket costs for the 2010 benefit year for the average Medicare beneficiary. Calculations based in part on industry average PDP premium and benefit information from the “Medicare Part D 2010 Spotlight, Medicare Prescription Drug Plans in 2010 and Key Changes over Five Years”, an independent review and analysis of CMS data by the Kaiser Family Foundation (September 2010). Actual savings may vary. For some beneficiaries, actual out-of-pocket costs may be more. Savings estimate may be updated when 2011 benefit year data becomes publicly available.

3 “The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.” Medicare: A Primer. Chart: Prescription Drug Coverage Among Medicare Beneficiaries, 2010, Page 8. April 2010.

4 “The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.” Medicare Part D 2010 Data Spotlight. Chart: Exhibit 2: Weighted Monthly PDP Premiums, 2006-2010, Page 9. September 2010.

5 “Families USA.” Cost Overdose: Growth in Drug Spending for the Elderly, 1992 – 2010; Figure 1: Seniors Consume a Disproportionate Share of Drug Expenses, Page 2. July 2000.

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