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Jan 3, 2014 7:15 PM by Kari Beal

Pharmacy options for those on Medicare

A pharmacy logo on Medicare Part D insurance cards is confusing consumers on where they can order and pick up drug prescriptions.

"Medicare is owned by the government, but they have allowed insurance companies to help them and offer these cards to help regulate medicare," said pharmacist Joel Fruge who owns Acadiana Prescription Shop.

Fruge said just because a company's name is on the card doesn't mean you have to use that pharmacy. In fact, a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said nearly all pharmacies participate in Medicare Part D.

"People are under the impression that they can go to a certain pharmacy when they can go to any pharmacy out there," said Fruge.

This is true, except for those enrolled in a "preferred plan." These plans have a restricted pharmacy network. Anyone on this plan should check their plan agreement to see where they can go.

For more information on pharmacy options visit Medicare.gov or check your policy plan.

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