Category: Medicare

Medicare is spending more on brand-name drugs even as fewer of these drugs are being prescribed. Through Medicare Part D, the nation’s prescription drug benefit plan for Medicare beneficiaries, total brand-name medications cost 77% more in 2015 than they did just five years earlier, despite the number of these prescriptions actually dropping by almost 20%…. Read More

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Happy National Donut Day! As you’re enjoying bite after bite of scrumptious glazed or jelly-filled fried dough, remember that GoodRx can help you save money on your medications if you’re stuck in the Medicare donut hole. What is the Medicare donut hole? The term “donut hole” comes from a common analogy used to explain the… Read More

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It seems counter-intuitive: People who have insurance coverage through Medicare are finding that they still pay a lot for their medications. It turns out that’s no illusion — people really are bearing an increasing portion of the cost, every year. A new analysis by Avalere Health shows that since 2011, Medicare insurance plans are increasingly… Read More

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It’s no secret that asthma inhalers have gotten expensive, and there are no signs of soaring prices slowing down. Even under Medicare Part D, asthma inhalers are high-ticket drugs. They’re listed under Medicare’s higher-tier, “non-preferred” or “specialty” drug categories, which pushes the cost of these medications onto the 43 million Americans enrolled in Part D. Whether… Read More

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“Can I use GoodRx with Medicare?” This is a question we get a lot, and for good reason – Medicare can be confusing. So let’s get right to it: You can’t use GoodRx in conjunction with any federal or state-funded programs like Medicare or Medicaid. But you can use GoodRx, especially when our prices are… Read More

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Medicare cards are now getting more secure. Over the next year, the government will be sending out new health insurance cards aimed at protecting the privacy of the 60 million people enrolled in Medicare. Here’s what will change: Your new card won’t display your social security number. This is the biggest change. Old Medicare cards… Read More

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Medicare offers comprehensive healthcare coverage for seniors 65 years of age and older. But needless to say, it can be confusing. Prior-authorizations, coverage gaps, co-insurance, part D, advantage plans? It can be too much. Here’s the catch – if you don’t know how to successfully navigate the system, you will more than likely be paying… Read More

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We are in the thick of Medicare open enrollment, meaning that seniors 65 and over now have the chance to enroll in—or switch to—a new healthcare plan that could save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs. Yet surprisingly, only 1 in 10 seniors voluntarily switch their plan each year, with most members… Read More

As we exit 2016, we can only be certain about one fact regarding the future of health care coverage in America: big changes are ahead. Our healthcare was one of the biggest issues in a bitter Presidential campaign, and President-elect Trump has repeatedly said that he plans to replace Obamacare with something else. We’ll see… Read More

Americans are clearly unhappy about the rising cost of prescription drugs and healthcare, and the leading 2016 presidential candidates have proposed all sorts of ideas to fix the problem. Here’s a snapshot of what the candidates have said on these important issues. Where the Major Candidates Agree It’s hard to imagine Clinton and Trump agreeing… Read More