Medicare Senior Health Fair a Success

Fifty people braved the heat July 16 to attend the Medicare Health Fair, sponsored by the University of the Pacific and held at the NorthBay Healthcare Green Valley Administration Center.

“This worked because we were able to partner with NorthBay,” said Raj Patel, professor of Pharmacy Practice for the University of the Pacific.

He said he was pleased by the number of people arriving throughout the morning, especially since it was his group’s first effort in Solano County.The Medicare Health Fair offered several health screenings as well as counseling on the Medicare Part D drug benefit program.

The program helps seniors with their Medicare Part D pharmacy benefit by having counselors available to talk about all their medications. They check to make sure that the medications can work together with the over-the-counter drugs the participants are taking. The program also looks to see if a cheaper prescription program would benefit the seniors. Potentially people could save thousands of dollars by changing to another plan.

In addition to Medicare Part D drug counseling, participants attended a health fair that included screening for high blood pressure, anemia, bone density, cholesterol, diabetes and asthma/COPD.

“I have lots of great things to say about the organizers of this program,” said Endocrinologist Miya Allen, M.D., who was instrumental in bringing the program to Solano County. “I first learned about the Partners in D initiative during my residency at UC Davis. I was impressed by this group of pharmacists and pharmacy students who created this program to help seniors maximize their Medicare Part D benefit and navigate the complexities of coverage.”

Begun in 2006 in parallel to the start of the Medicare Part D benefit, the program has been recognized nationally for community service.