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Dial-a-Nurse in Naples, Florida cares for the elderly in many ways.  They are a private duty Home health agency that provides assistance in your home.  They will help with personal care, dressing, grooming, and walking.  And with laundry, lighthouse keeping, and meals.

Medication management is of utmost importance for all seniors.  Plus we know and understand the affordability factor for older adults. Dial-a-Nurse has done its dudiligence on affordable programs available not just for seniors, but for everyone.

Medicare Part D was implemented to make prescriptions more affordable for senior citizens.  But a new study by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute Health Affairs found that many seniors, particularly those with multiple chronic conditions, continue to have difficulty paying for prescriptions in the year; it was first offered.  As a result, some cease taking medication altogether, skip pills, or forgo other basic needs to pay for them.

Lowering the cost of healthcare is an elusive goal, but a New York-based start-up founded by two brothers is trying a new approach.  They want to lower the cost of drugs for patients in the US with an app that finds the best price.

This may not sound technically sophisticated-until you consider the complexities of the US healthcare system.  Last year, Americans spent about $400 billion on medication, up 8 per cent on the previous years.

Unlike other countries, in the US the price of a drug can vary widely between one patient and the next, and one pharmacy and the next. “There is an epidemic of high drug prices, and it cuts across everyone,” says Geoffrey Chaiken, who co-founded Blink Health along with his brother Matthew.

He explains the idea started when he noticed that they might pay drastically different prices for the same medication.  “There was no transparency, and sometimes one of us was paying much more than the other.  We figured this must be a problem for other people,” Mr. Chaiken says.

Blink gets discounts by working with a middleman, allowing Blink users the same discounts as other members of the network.  Patients pay on the app, then pick up prescriptions in person at a pharmacy; Blink takes a commission on each purchase.

Other discount drug apps, such as Good RX, connect patients to drug coupons but do not take in-app payments.  One limitation is that one of Blink’s deepest discounts is for generic medications; namebrand medications can still be very expensive.

This start-up has ambitions far beyond medication.  Eventually it could help people centralize their own medical data.  For now, though, finding cheaper drugs is challenge enough.

Your able to pay with Blink if your Part D plan doesn’t cover your medication or if your copay is too high.  Tell your pharmacist to process Blink as the primary payer.  Take note: If you are a Medicare Part D beneficiary, your out-of-pocket payments for medications through Blink will not count towards your Medicare Part D cost-sharing amounts.  Medications you do pay for with Blink can be reimbursed through your FSA or HAS.  They will provide you with a receipt for submission after you fill your prescription.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065 .

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.

Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.

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