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AARP Meet the Pharmacist Event Held in Conjunction with Medicare Part D Outreach

By: Mikhaela Sarmiento '12Dec 2, 2011

On October 22, 2011, the Medicare Part D Health Fair was held in the Chan Family Health Sciences Learning Center and Clinics.

This event lasted from 9:00am until 2:00pm and helped clients find the best health plan that fit their needs for the lowest rate through Medicare Part D. In addition to signing attendees up for a health plan, other services were provided at the event including: medication review, immunizations, medication waste disposal, blood pressure screenings, cholesterol screenings, dermatology screenings, bone density/falls risk assessment, memory decline and asthma screenings. Each examination was held in separate rooms and facilitated by students who were supervised by preceptors assigned to that station.

Kenny Cheng '13, one of the students who assisted with the health fair, said that being part of the Medicare Part D events "helped with my problem solving (skills) because we need to be able to think on the spot to accomplish the clients' needs. We want to give them the cheapest plan but they have standards as well of what they want in their plan". Stephanie Jeffcoach '13 also helped with the event and said that she really enjoyed helping people save money through the plan, "we even helped a beneficiary save two hundred dollars!"

Christine Croskrey attended the health fair, she said she was very glad that Medicare Part D was holding the event and was "very interested in changing to Part D". Overall, the Medicare Part D health fair showed care and concern for individuals by helping them find the best, low-priced health plan that fit their needs, as well as going the extra mile by providing numerous health services. The day may have been busy and required a lot of hard work but at the end of the day, everyone was well taken care of.