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Generic Viagra, Medicare Part D and the 2012 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period

By on October 14th, 2011
Filed: Disabled, Early Retirees, Medicare, Research, Seniors, Uninsured, Videos

Find a 2012 update to this post here on our blog.
In July, we published a post explaining why we believe a generic form of Viagra is not likely to be covered by the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit.

Why won’t Medicare Part D cover generic Viagra? The short answer was: it would be the only FDA approved drug for erectile dysfunction available in generic form, anmedicare part dd the Medicare Modernization Act requires every Medicare Part D prescription drug plan to cover at least two drugs in each category and class.

I’m bringing this up on the day before Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) because it’s illustrative of an excellent point that everyone on Medicare Part D should keep in mind: the drugs you’re taking in 2011 that are covered by your existing Medicare Part D plan, won’t automatically be covered by the same plan in 2012.

On Wednesday we published a report from last year’s AEP that showed roughly one-third (34%) of PlanPrescriber’s customers would not have had coverage for at least one of their prescription drugs if they didn’t change their drugs or their Medicare prescription drug coverage heading into 2011.

To arrive at this conclusion we analyzed over 24,000 user sessions that occurred on PlanPrescriber.com during the 2011 Medicare Annual Enrollment period, which ran from November 15, 2010 to December 31, 2010.

To find over 8,000 people who were taking at least one drug not covered by their plan, in a survey of more than 24,000, should serve as a reminder for our readers that it’s EASY to review your drug coverage QUICKLY and make sure you’re drugs are still covered by your existing Medicare prescription drug plan.

You can do it at Medicare.gov, or on our web site at PlanPrescriber.com.

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Steve Zaleznick, our Senior Medicare Advisor will be on the “Coping with Caregivers” radio program (www.wsRadio.com/CopingWithCaregiving) to discuss this year’s AEP. We’d encourage you to tune-in and listen.

And, if you need a quick “how to” video to help you figure out how to use the PlanPrescriber.com tool for Medicare Advantage and Stand-Alone Prescription Drug plans, we’ve embedded one here from our YouTube page.

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About Nate Purpura


Nate Purpura is a 15-year veteran of print and broadcast journalism, corporate communications, PR and internet marketing. He’s spent the last decade working in the health care and insurance industries. Over fifteen years he’s covered numerous areas of health care including pharmaceuticals, health and wellness programs, chronic disease management programs, cutting-edge diagnostic tools, Medicare and health insurance, and online marketplaces (exchanges).

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