Pharmacy Students Offer Free Clinics to Help Medicare Enrollees Save on Drug Costs; Offer Health Screenings

Pharmacy Students Offer Free Clinics to Help Medicare Enrollees Save on Drug Costs; Offer Health Screenings

Clinics scheduled in Stockton, Tracy, Lodi, Berkeley, San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland

One of our California Health Advocates board members, Rajul Patel and his pharmacy students at University of the Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences will be offering health clinics in 7 cities throughout Northern California this fall to help Medicare beneficiaries save on their prescription drug costs and better understand their medications. The clinics will also offer a variety of health care screenings and services.

Now in its 8th year, Rajul and his students participating in Pacific’s Mobile Medicare Clinics have served a total of 2,911 Medicare enrollees and saved seniors and other beneficiaries more than $2.2 million on their out-of-pocket Medicare Part D prescription drug costs, for an average savings of $769 per person per year.

This year’s clinics will be offered during the annual Medicare Open Enrollment period, Oct. 15th through Dec. 7, in 4 Bay Area cities – Berkeley, San Jose, San Francisco and Oakland – as well as 3 Central Californian cities – Lodi, Stockton and Tracy. (Dates and locations are listed below.)

Trained pharmacy students will assist beneficiaries with Part D plan review and enrollment, determine if they qualify for additional government assistance to help lower their out-of-pocket medication costs, and explore other cost-savings opportunities.

Attendees will also receive a comprehensive review of all of their medications and have all of their medication-related questions answered. Since the program’s inception, Pacific student pharmacists have identified 137 potentially severe medication-related issues among clinic attendees, including severe drug-drug interactions and sub-optimal drug therapy that warranted physician follow-up.

Under the supervision of licensed pharmacists, the student pharmacists will also offer vaccinations, including the flu and pneumococcal vaccines; diabetes screening; and blood pressure, cholesterol and bone-density testing.

All told, pharmacy students have held 73 clinics in 16 California cities since the program first began, volunteering a combined 9,072 hours of time.

If you would like to have your Part D plan reviewed and/or have a comprehensive evaluation of your medication, please call for an appointment. Phone numbers for each clinic site are listed below.

IMPORTANT: Beneficiaries attending the clinic should bring the following:
• Their red, white, and blue Medicare card
• All of their medications

Bay Area clinics

San Jose
Oct. 26, Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Seven Trees Community Center, 3590 Cas Dr., San Jose
Call for an appointment: (209) 946-7728

Oakland
Nov. 1, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Allen Temple, 8501 International Blvd., Oakland
Call for an appointment: (510) 343-2473

San Francisco
Nov. 9, Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St., San Francisco
Call for an appointment: (415) 292-1200

Berkeley
Nov. 22, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley
Call for an appointment: (510) 841-4776 ext. 3112

Central Valley Area clinics

Lodi
Oct. 23, Thursday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
LOEL Center and Gardens, 105 S. Washington St., Lodi
Call for an appointment: (209) 369-1591

Nov. 11, Thursday, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Hutchins Street Square (Room: Kirst Hall), 125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi
Call for an appointment: (209) 369-6921

Stockton
Oct. 17, Friday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Franco Center, 144 Mun Kwok Lane, Stockton
Call for an appointment: (209) 466-4697

Oct. 18, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
University of the Pacific, 751 Brookside Road, Stockton
Call for an appointment: (209) 946-7658

Oct. 25, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Harvest House, 1609 N. Wilson Way, Stockton
Call for an appointment: (209) 477-0378

Nov. 2, Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
O’Connor Woods, 3400 Wagner Heights Rd., Stockton
Call for an appointment: (209) 956-3400

Nov. 14, Friday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
First Congregational Church, 3409 Brookside Rd., Stockton
Call for an appointment: (209) 951-8545

Nov. 20, Thursday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Northeast Community Center, 2885 E. Harding Way, Stockton
Call for an appointment: (209) 468-3918

Tracy
Oct. 28, Tuesday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tracy Community Center, 950 East Street, Tracy
Call for an appointment: (209) 831-4230

For general information about the program, visit go.pacific.edu/medicare or contact them at (209) 932-2958. See the pdf of the 2014 outreach schedule for a printable copy.

This article is edited from a Sept 29, 2014 University of the Pacific press release.

Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.