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Seniors get caught in Medicare cycle

Zephyrhills, Florida -- Even with the changes implemented through the Affordable Care Act, Seniors on Medicare are still watching out for the “dreaded doughnut hole”—the nick name given to the coverage gap for prescription drugs under Part D plans. 

Since 2006 when the Medicare Part D drug benefit was established, Seniors can be burdened with costly out-of-pocket costs once they and their Part D drug plan have spent $2,840. Roughly one out of every four Medicare Part D beneficiaries reaches the doughnut hole, according to 2008 study by the non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation. Many reach it around the middle of the year.

“We are starting to hear from local Seniors who are nearing or are already in the doughnut hole”, said Bill Hepscher, owner of The Canadian Drugstore. “Even with the relief the new legislation offers, many people are still facing substantial out-of-pocket costs and the promise of the gradual closing of the doughnut hole by 2020 does not help them today when trying to pay their bills. People tell us they consider skipping doses or worse yet, stop taking their prescriptions completely.  We want people to know there is an alternative for them and we are here to help.”

The Canadian Drugstore assists seniors in the doughnut hole by helping them order medication from discount domestic and international pharmacies.  In business since 2003 and with offices in Largo, Tampa and Zephyrhills, FL, the staff at The Canadian Drugstore is also certified to review available plans to insure that a Senior is enrolled in the plan that best suits their needs.  The Canadian Drugstore does not represent the insurance companies and can therefore present an unbiased opinion.

“We have been helping Seniors who fall into the doughnut hole save money for almost 6 years now,” said Hepscher. “More importantly, we teach our clients how to avoid ever falling into the doughnut hole in the first place. We help people by educating them. We explain how a Medicare Part D plan operates and work with the person to fill their expensive medication for much less money through one of our network pharmacies.  Finally, we come up with a plan to avoid the doughnut in the following year.”

The Canadian Drugstore is open every day Monday through Friday, providing affordable medication solutions and free consultations at any of their three Florida offices.  For more information, call 813-788-2007 in Zephyrhills, 813-381-5220 in Tampa, or 727-474-3832 in Largo, or visit http://www.drugstoreunlimited.com.

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