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Subject:  Re: Medicare for mother. Big Picture needed. Date:  12/7/2012  12:25 PM
Author:  dbphd Number:  18101 of 20640

We've been undecided about whether to leave the Blue Shield of CA group PPO coverage my wife kept when she retired from San Mateo County in CA and get level F Part-D coverage. Coverage for my wife and I (73 & 76) costs about $1000 a month, and combined with Medicare seems to cover just about everything except dental and routine eye exams. To complicate the decision, I had a pituitary adenoma resection in 1987 that resulted in hypopituitarism. An endocrinologist tires to keep my labs within normal range so prescribes quite a few drugs, the cost of which would be about $1000 a month if we paid more than the small copay. When I've checked into it before, it seems very complicated because of the drug formularies. I'm unsure whether Part-B of Medicare ( which we signed up for) or Blue Shield pays for that medicine.

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