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For the new rates and plans (enrollment starts Oct 15) see Donna's posting on the Health Care Reform board--

http://boards.fool.com/look-what-i-found-30289368.aspx
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Paul, here in SC, one of the AARP's plans is the least expensive at $15.00 per month. However, I am unable to find out more about the plan. Hopefully, more info will be added tomorrow.

Donna (who is lucky that she only takes one recurring Rx being a very inexpensive one)
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Hi Donna. I looked into the AARP plans and also have info coming. But of my four meds, two are not covered by the AARP low cost plan. It seems to cover only the lowest cost generics. They have a more expensive plan with better coverage, but it looks more expensive than the Humana plan, which covers most meds at least partially--including many of the more costly generics.
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But of my four meds, two are not covered by the AARP low cost plan.

Plans change their coverage from year to year. A med that's covered this year may be dropped by your Part D plan next year. It's important to check on this each year as open enrollment approaches.

--fleg
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The link that was provided is not the easy way to deal with the "which play is cheapest" question. To the extent you want the cheapest total cost plan, go to the Medicare.gov site and use their tool. Since the tool must be plan neutral, you are forced to pick between regular medicare part D plans and Advantage plans which also cover drugs.

There is one "gotcha" in using the medicare wizard. It only uses the Plans words, so total year's costs may be for "Preferred" or "Select" pharmacies. What you need to look for is not does your favorite pharmacy take the XYZ plan, but is your pharmacy a "Select" or "Preferred" pharmacy with plans you are considering. Another approach to deal with the pharmacy issue is go to the website for the XYZ plan and check out pharmacies by zip code.

Here is a link to the wizard
https://www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan/questions/home.aspx

Gordon
Atlanta
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