The cost of medications is a top challenge for older adults trying to access health care.
Five million people with Medicare say they can’t afford their medications.
In Indiana, the vast majority of Medicare beneficiaries do not take full advantage of their pharmacy benefits, which can negatively impact physical and financial health. Without an understanding of their benefits, too many older adults and people with disabilities may not be taking medications as prescribed for fear of incurring additional out-of-pocket expenses.
During Pharmacy Benefits Week, a public awareness campaign developed by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Walgreens, CICOA partnered with Central Indiana Walgreens stores to present information to area seniors on their pharmacy benefits under Medicare and how to lower prescription drug costs. CICOA also provides free counseling year-round about Medicare and other related health insurances through Indiana’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).
Pharmacy Benefits Week Educational Resources
Learn how to maximize pharmacy benefits:
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CICOA offers free, unbiased help for people in the Indianapolis area to make decisions about their Medicare health insurance coverage. Our counselors are certified through Indiana's State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP).
CICOA provides expert SHIP counseling through phone or face-to-face appointments. Our counselors are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.