Benefits & Services Resource Information
Century Link Health Benefits Coordinator
Ryan Weeks
 ryan.weeks@centurylink.com 
 (208)-454-4038
 
Holding Down Prescription Costs  UPDATE
I have a Medicare part D drug plan through Silver Script. I called Walmart for a refill of Colcrys .6mg and last year 2019 it cost $47 for 30 pills. No deductible in 2019.  I just use it once in a while for gout. This year 2020 with Medicare Plan D Silver Scripts has a new $325 deductible their lowest cost plan) so it costs about $229 for 30 pills for the first refill of the year.
So I went looking for cheaper options. I found GoodRX which lists a generic for it at a much lower cost. I called my DR. to call  in a script for it to the store where the GoodRX script said it is good at in my area. My local store on the coupon
carries generic colchicine .6mg and honors the GoodRX price, but my Medicare Part D Silver Scripts does not even cover the generic colchicine at all only the Brand Tier 3 colcrys at the higher cost.
So I requested my Dr. put in a new script to the store on the coupon for colchicine .6mg for 30 days so that store  through GoodRX will discount it to $12.93 He did that and I got it YES for $12.93 and had I stayed with my Medicare Part D plan it would have been $229.  It pays to check around and maybe not even use your Insurance.
You can go to GoodRX and type in any drug you are taking and see what you can get it for and at which stores in your area.
BTW no cost to use it.
Ron Bunge


Brother's and Sister's, as you all are aware the costs of prescription drugs and health care are right out front with all of the political debates that have been going on and will continue to be a very burning issue in our contract negations and with the political elections in November.  I went on line and have been doing some investigations about drug prices.  Most of us use a mail in prescriptions company to save money on the 90 day supplies. WELL, I have had my eyes opened during my investigations! First of all the $4.00 lists that Walmart (I know I can hear the groans already and wondering WHY WOULD ANYONE GO TO Walmart! Those of us who are retired and on fixed incomes will tell you one word MONEY! That's why.) and TARGET have out there are the SAME! So if you don't want to shop Walmart you can go to TARGET and spend the same amount for generic prescriptions. So what I would recommend everyone to do is print out a copy off the Internet and take it to your doctor and have them put the list in your file and when it comes time for a prescription have the doctor look to see if the medicine is on the list and go that route for your prescription instead of by mail. Now another interesting bit of information that I discovered a medicine that I take is $50.00 for a 90 days supply with mail order, at Target the same medicine is $4.00 a 30 day supply making a 90 day supply $12.00 a difference of $38.00.  HELLO - Where am I going to get that medicine?
Also I had heard that you didn't need to be a member to use the Costco pharmacy. Well that did turn out to be TRUE! Since the pharmacies are state and federal regulated you have everyright to use them WITHOUT A MEMBERSHIP. To stare and compare prices you can access the information at www.costco.com and look for the pharmacy and access it that way. The same medicine at Medco again was $50.00 and at Costco it was $16.50 so again it was cheaper than MEDCO and some were cheaper than Target so again SHOP AROUND for the best "deal".
So if you are out traveling and need some prescriptions or are at home you have more money saving options at your fingers. It's also a way to help lower the high costs of prescriptions that the company will be saying is killing them. So again if you know of any retirees that don't have access to the Internet please pass this along to them so we can help everyone save some money. After all that's the name of the game!
Jim Perkey




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515.246.4964
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(800)842-1219
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To Call Your Spending Account

At CenturyLink Health and Life

Call 1 - 800 - 729 - 7526
Go to retiree #2

Health & Welfare Benefits #1

Medical, Dental #1

Give out birthdate and last 4 digits SS#

Then go to Spending & Reimbursement

Then go to Health Reimbursement Account

Enter password or say I don’t know it

Enter zip code if no password

YSA Menu

Say Representative

Then say Retiree spending account