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University Of The Pacific Helps Medicare Users Save On Drug Costs

Bert Johnson / Capital Public Radio

University of the Pacific student Caitlin Tipple (left), Dr. Raj Patel (center) and Dr. Carly Ranson (right) join Insight in studio to talk about the university's Medicare Part D clinics.

Bert Johnson / Capital Public Radio

The Medicare open enrollment period for ends on December 7. That’s the last chance for people who want to reevaluate their health care and prescription drug coverage. University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has held clinics to help patients pick the right Medicare Part D drug plan.  

In the last 11 years, the school has helped more than 6,600 beneficiaries save almost $7 million on their out-of-pocket drug costs, including 24.1% low-income beneficiaries.

Dr. Raj Patel and Dr. Carly Ranson from University of the Pacific are joined by undergraduate Caitlin Tipple to talk about how the clinic connects pharmacists and students with seniors in the community to help save money and optimize coverage.

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