Founder discusses MedicareDrugSavings.org on ‘Top Docs Radio’

The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show addresses a free resource that could help Medicare beneficiaries save hundreds of dollars or more per year on their prescription drugs – and it features Steven Cohen, M.D., a general internist with the WellStar Health System who founded MedicareDrugSavings.org, which is a non-profit organization.

Dr. Cohen discusses…

– The issues and factors that affect Medicare drug prescription costs
– His efforts to lower the cost of medicine for Medicare beneficiaries
– The information and resources that are available on MedicareDrugSavings.org
– What his colleagues and others can do to promote MedicareDrugSavings.org
– How MedicareDrugSavings.org also benefits physicians and hospitals

Dr. Cohen says that applicable Georgia Medicare patients – as well as family members and friends who would like to help them – should…

1.       Go to www.medicare.gov and click on the ‘Find health & drug plans’ link on the lower left side of the page

2.       Enter their zip code and medications and pharmacies

They will then get a report that shows their estimated out-of-pocket costs for the prescription drugs that they take for every available Medicare Part D Plan and Medicare Advantage Plan in their area.

“Prior to 2019, the open enrollment period, and the only time most Medicare patients could change plans, was limited to October 15th to December 7th,” Dr. Cohen explains. “But starting this year, people who are on a Medicare Advantage plan will be able to switch to another Medicare Advantage or D plan during a ‘grace period,’ which will run from January 1st to March 31st.”

Georgians can also call 866.552.4464 and select option 4 to talk to a counselor or visit www.mygeorgiacares.org to get information – including free one-on-one counseling – on their Medicare plan options. These resources are funded by the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP). Go to www.shiptacenter.org for details on SHIP plans in Georgia (as well as other states).

“There are a lot of Medicare plan options, and each one covers different drugs at different costs, and the out-of-pocket costs can vary greatly between plans given the differences in the covered medicines, premiums, co-pays and deductibles,” says Dr. Cohen. “Our Medicare patients can save hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of dollars every year by taking advantage of these resources, which are free and simple to use.”

Dr. Cohen adds that the Medicare Plan Finder and SHIP programs could deliver a savings of more than $350 per-patient, per-year – or nearly $600 million total for the 1.6 million Georgians who are covered by Medicare.

MAG is also reminding Georgians who have a high-deductible health insurance plan or who don’t have prescription drug coverage or who take prescription drugs that aren’t covered by their health insurance plan can use the Georgia Drug Card to obtain savings of up to 75 percent off the retail price for brand and generic FDA-approved medications at most retail pharmacies – including every major pharmacy chain. Go to www.GeorgiaDrugCard.com for additional information.

Dr. Cohen has a medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine. He is a board-certified physician who has been in practice since 1986. In addition to MAG, Dr. Cohen is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, and the Cobb County Medical Society. He was a contributing author for the book Transforming Health Care Through Information. And, he has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s ‘Bridges to Excellence’ program for his efforts to advance diabetes care.

Between downloads and live listeners, the ‘Top Docs Radio’ show – which recently won an American Association of Medical Society Executives Profiles of Excellence Award – has now reached more than 560,000 listeners and viewers, which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries.

The ‘Top Docs Radio’ show is supported with a grant from Alliant Health Solutions in memory of Tom Williams, its former CEO.

In addition to the video recordings that are available on Facebook, the ‘Top Docs Radio’ show is available as a podcast on AppleGoogleSpotify, and Stitcher.

Resources

Medicare Plan Finder use video

Patient MedicareDrugSavings.org flyer (for practice staff to print)