One-on-one personalized counseling was offered at the UConn School of Social Work for Medicare beneficiaries helping them to evaluate their Part D prescription drug plan options for 2009.

The event was co-sponsored by the UConn School of Social Work, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and CHOICES (Connecticut’s Program for Health Insurance Assistance, Outreach, Information and Referral, Counseling, Eligibility Screening).

Medicare encouraged beneficiaries, their caregivers and family members to review 2009 Medicare prescription drug plans as the Annual Open Enrollment period approached.

“Some beneficiaries may see significant premium increases or changes, such as reduced coverage in the gap, if they stay in the same prescription drug plan in 2009. This year it is especially important, now and throughout the upcoming open enrollment period, for beneficiaries to use our online tools to compare their current drug and health plan coverage to the options available for 2009 and take action to choose a plan that best meets their needs”, said CMS Acting Administrator Kerry Weems.

CHOICES counselors and students from the School of School of Social Work and Pharmacy were available to assist Medicare beneficiaries to compare prescription drug coverage plans and to view premiums, formularies and availability of coverage in the gap.

“The event was a rare opportunity for seniors to obtain in-person assistance”, said Peter Tyczkowski, coordinator of educational outreach for the UConn School of Pharmacy. “It is also a good opportunity for students from our social work and pharmacy programs to interact with them.”

Student pharmacists also assisted attendees in preparing a File of Life, a mini-medical history. Flu shots were administered by VNA Healthcare of Greater Hartford. TheĀ  event was held in the Zachs Community Room at the UConn School of Social Work, 1798 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut.