Academic journal article Human Ecology

CURxED Program Guides Seniors through Medicare Maze

Academic journal article Human Ecology

CURxED Program Guides Seniors through Medicare Maze

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New resource helps unravel the mysteries of prescription drug coverage

An effort to help New York senior citizens wade through the myriad of choices in Medicare's prescription drug benefit has expanded from a pilot project in only five counties to a statewide effort reaching all of New York's 57 counties.

The program--called Cornell University Resource Education on Medicare Part D or CURxED--offers clear, unbiased information to help eligible residents choose which Medicare drug plan is best for them. In New York alone, three million eligible residents have to choose from 57 different plans--all with different drug prices, deductibles, premiums, and pharmacy networks.

The core of the program is a set of thick, white binders filled with lists of prices for nearly every prescription medicine available in the United States. It also offers computer tutorials, public awareness presentations, and a newsletter on Medicare Part D policy updates.

This fall, CURxED will again distribute updated information on Medicare plans to each of New York's 57 counties. The binders go to Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) coordinators--community educators sponsored by the New York State Office for the Aging to help order adults make decision about their health insurance. CURxED works closely with HIICAP to reach senior citizens. …

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