NorthBay Will Host Second Medicare Fair

For the second time in two years, NorthBay Healthcare will host a Medicare Health Fair for seniors and other beneficiaries.

Sponsored by the University of the Pacific Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the event is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 14, at the Green Valley Administration Center.

It is an opportunity for seniors to get advice on Medicare Part D and have their medications reviewed for safety. Medicare Part D, also called the Medicare prescription drug benefit, is the government program to subsidize the costs of prescription drugs and prescription drug insurance premiums for Medicare beneficiaries.

Free health screenings will check for high blood pressure, anemia, bone density, cholesterol, diabetes, and asthma/COPD.

"Our Endocrinology practice knows too well how reaching the Medicare coverage gap known as the 'donut hole' can affect a person's health," said Miya Allen, M.D., an endocrinologist at the NorthBay Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology. "Some of my patients in this gap decide to either ration their insulin or stop it all together.

"The medication review provided at this event can help people find ways to manage or side-step the explosive cost of prescription drugs."

Participants should bring their Medicare card and all of their medications. Appointments are recommended and can be made by calling (707) 624-8230.