Free Assistance with Medicare Part D Plans

LIFE Senior Services helps Medicare beneficiaries compare and select their prescription drug coverage for 2016. Open Enrollment runs through December 7.

By: Carol Carter | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2015

LIFE’s MAP team (Medicare Assistance Program), from left: Cindy Loftin, MAP Coordinator; Cindy Reese and Kathleen Seifert.

LIFE’s MAP team (Medicare Assistance Program), from left: Cindy Loftin, MAP Coordinator; Cindy Reese and Kathleen Seifert.

For most Medicare beneficiaries, the Medicare Open Enrollment period, which runs through December 7, is their only opportunity each year to enroll or change their healthcare and Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage.  
Unfortunately, most beneficiaries don’t take time to review their drug coverage – and end up paying more than necessary because they are tied to a plan that no longer fits their specific prescription needs. In fact, it is estimated that 90 to 95 percent of Medicare beneficiaries pay too much for their Part D coverage because they aren’t on the most effective plan.
Medicare Part D helps thousands of Oklahoma Medicare beneficiaries, especially those with modest incomes or extremely high prescription drug costs, enabling them to better afford the medications they need for both chronic and life-threatening health conditions.
According to Cindy Loftin, coordinator of the Medicare Assistance Program at LIFE Senior Services, “Beneficiaries need to review their Part D coverage for 2016. Even if they have been satisfied with their current plan, the across-the-board changes each year in plan costs, co-pays and coverage make it critically important for beneficiaries to take a fresh look at their coverage options.”
For 2016, there are 24 stand-alone Part D plans in Oklahoma, down from 30 this year. All the plans have changed aspects of their 2016 coverage, whether it be their premiums, deductibles, copays and/or their formularies. The only way for beneficiaries to effectively compare plans is using the Plan Finder on the Medicare.gov website and inputting their prescriptions.
The Medicare Assistance Program at LIFE opened its Part D Enrollment Assistance Clinic October 15, offering free, personalized, unbiased assistance based on beneficiaries’ individual prescription needs. The program serves Medicare beneficiaries, both seniors and adults with disabilities, throughout northeast Oklahoma. According to Loftin, “At the clinics we work with beneficiaries one-on-one using the Medicare website to help them compare, select and enroll in a Part D plan that best fits their individual prescription and budget needs. In just one hour, we can help them make sure that they are getting the best coverage for their money.”
LIFE Senior Services, a Tulsa-based non-profit United Way organization, has helped more than 25,000 Medicare beneficiaries with their Part D decisions since the federal program first came into existence in 2006. Last year, 64 percent of the beneficiaries LIFE counseled either switched Part D plans or enrolled for the first time, saving an average of more than $1,900 per person. Altogether, LIFE helped beneficiaries save more than $1.6 million on their prescription drug costs for 2015.
The Part D Assistance Clinics are held at LIFE Senior Services, 5950 E. 31st St., just west of 31st and Sheridan in Tulsa. Appointments are required and can be made by calling LIFE’s Medicare Assistance Program at
(918) 664-9000.


« All November 2015 Stories

LIFE Senior Services

For more information, contact:

LIFE Senior Services

(918) 664-9000
5950 E. 31st St. | Tulsa, OK 74135
View Map



Top Stories

Do You Choose to Help?

How large is your heart? Not physically, but its capacity to love and care for children? What about for children with special needs? ... Read more »

Free Assistance with Medicare Part D Plans

For most Medicare beneficiaries, the Medicare Open Enrollment period, which runs through December 7, is their only opportunity each year to enroll or change their health…... Read more »

Clear Skin, Healthy Skin

It’s a common misconception that acne is strictly a problem for teenagers, but if you’re in your 20s, 60s or anywhere in between and prone to breaking out, you’re certainly not alone. ... Read more »

Honoring a Veteran and His Family

In July of last year, a fire destroyed the home of retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ronny Sweger, his wife, Claudia, and their young triplet sons, Brooks, Briggs and Brett. ... Read more »

Thank You, Veterans

Continuing a tradition that started eight years ago, MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service is once again sponsoring Claremore’s annual Veterans Day parade…... Read more »

Jersey Mike's: Voted Best Sub in Virtually Every Market We Serve!