Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 6:06 PM on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Medicare open enrollment for drug plans happening now

To All Medicare Beneficiaries,

Don't forget — Medicare Open Enrollment for Part D (the drug plans) is Oct. 15 through Dec 7. Now is the time to compare your current Medicare Part D plan with all your options for 2013. You may find better coverage, higher quality or lower cost. Some plans offer prescription coverage when you're in the coverage gap/donut hole but others don't.

However, with the health care law (The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare) in 2013, there is at least a 52.5 percent discount off brand name prescription drugs and a 21 percent discount off generics when you're in that donut hole.

By 2020, the coverage gap disappears.

It is very important that you consider not only the premium you'll be paying for your Part D plan but also the formulary of that plan and your cost shares. Some plans may have lower premiums but either all the medications you need to take aren't on their formulary or the price you pay can be significantly higher than what another plan offers. The website www.Medicare.gov offers a tool for comparing the 2013 Part D plans or you can call me at the Independent Living Center 235-7911, and I will be happy to assist you in making the best choice for your needs and your budget.

Patti Boily

Certified Medicare Counselor

Independent Living Center

Chance to meet Vic Fischer Friday

We are fortunate to be able to meet Victor Fischer, one of Alaska's Founding Fathers, at the college this Friday evening, Nov. 2.

Vic Fischer is the last of the Alaska Constitutional Convention delegates still able to travel and meet with Alaskans. He is here to speak and to sign his just published book, "To Russia With Love," about his extraordinary life. Son of the famous American foreign correspondent and Gandhi biographer Louis Fischer and the Russian writer Markoosha Fischer, Vic Fischer and his family fled Germany under Hitler to the Soviet Union under Stalin, where they watched friends disappear after political arrests until the White House intervened to help the Fischer family escape from Moscow.

Fischer arrived in America as a teenager and served in the U.S. Army in World War II, while his childhood friends fought in the Soviet and German armies. He moved to Alaska when it was still a territory, helped write the state Constitution and has participated in Alaska politics ever since, including as a founder of UAA's Institute of Social Economic Research and as a state senator.

Many thanks to the Kachemak Bay College for hosting Victor Fischer and to Grant Aviation for donating his round trip tickets from Anchorage.

Pam Brodie