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Clinics Help Medicare Recipients Choose Right Prescription Plan


If people covered by Medicare choose the wrong prescription drug plan under "Part D," they can end up spending thousands of dollars more than they need to.

Special clinics are being held to help Medicare recipients make the right choice.

University of the Pacific pharmacy students are helping seniors choose the right prescription drug plan under Medicare's Part D.

"And if we look at the annual cost of your medication, the newer option is $86.40," a student says during a clinic.

That's a saving of $4,000.

Associate Professor of pharmacy Dr. Rajul Patel says there are more than 30 different plans to choose from and that can be confusing.

"Nine out of ten seniors and others with Medicare are actually  paying more for their prescription drugs than they have to and on average we find that's $900 annually,"  he says.

Patel says the free clinics are being held in eight cities including the Bay Area, Sacramento, Stockton, Tracy, and Lodi from now through November.

PARTD Clinic Pharmacy Students

Schedule Of Part D Clinics

Sacramento (Carmichael):
Oct. 24, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Christ Community Church, 5025 Manzanita Ave.
Call for an appointment (916) 375-3301

Bay Area Clinics

Oct. 18, Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St.
Call for an appointment: (510) 981-4100

San Jose:
Oct. 25, Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Drive
Call for an appointment: (209) 645-0235

San Francisco:
Nov. 8, Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St.
Call for an appointment: (415) 292-1200

Nov. 21, Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd.
Call for an appointment: (510) 343-2473

Central Valley Area Clinics

Oct. 29, Thursday, 1-6 p.m.
LOEL Senior Center, 105 S. Washington St.
Call for an appointment: (209) 369-1591

Nov. 17, Tuesday, 1-7 p.m.
Hutchins Street Square (Room: Kirst Hall), 125 S. Hutchins St.
Call for an appointment: (209) 333-5550

Oct. 17, Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
University of the Pacific, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 751 Brookside Road
Call for an appointment: (209) 946-7658

Oct. 20, Tuesday, 1-6 p.m.
Northeast Community Center, 2885 E. Harding Way
Call for an appointment: (209) 468-3918

Nov. 7, Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Merlo Gym, 2044 Fair St.
Call for an appointment: (209) 444-5555

Nov. 13, Friday, 1-6 p.m.
First Congregational Church, 3409 Brookside Road
Call for an appointment: (209) 951-8545

Nov. 15, Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
O'Connor Woods, 3400 Wagner Heights Road 
Call for an appointment: (209) 956-3400

Oct. 27, Tuesday, 1 - 6 p.m.
Tracy Community Center, 950 East St.
Call for an appointment: (209) 831-4230


Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio