Researching and Reaching Out!

As I delve into the research component of my project, what will help in retrieving information on how individuals can apply for various programs that will assist Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio patients with the cost of premiums, co-pays, prescriptions, etc. is reaching out to state agencies and other entities to set up site visits and meetings.

At these site visits, I will meet with individuals that will provide information and resources that will assist patients with the application process of these various programs. Some of the programs this is relevant to are the Medicare Extra Help Program, Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program (QMB), and Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary Program (SLMB), to name a few. Last week entailed reaching out to entities such as: Ohio Department of Insurance, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Ohio Department of Medicaid, Ohio Department of Aging, Franklin County Board of Commissioners, and others, to set up these site visits.

This week, I look forward to meetings at state agencies and also with individuals at OhioHealth and United Way of Central Ohio to retrieve information that will be significantly beneficial to the patients of the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio. Information from these meetings will then be compiled, and developed into a patient guide that informs patients of the Charitable Pharmacy of the step-by-step process by which they can apply for (and also receive application assistance) the Medicare Extra Help Program and other programs that will assist with the cost of prescription coverage and premiums. Also, the patient guide will contain information on various resources that could provide patients with assistance in the application process of these programs. Many of the patients at the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio are Medicaid and Medicare eligible, and retrieving the necessary information and resources they need will be significant as they assess their healthcare needs, pharmacy services, and state program options.


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