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Tips and Tools to Help You Take Your Medications as Prescribed

At SCAN, we want to make it easy for you to take your medications. These tips can help!

Make it mail-order.

Say goodbye to trips to the pharmacy and hello to home delivery!

Most SCAN members save money when they order a 90-day supply of their medications through Home Delivery from Express Scripts Pharmacy. Shipping is free and because your medications come right to your door, you’ll make fewer trips to the pharmacy.

The easiest way to sign up is to talk with your doctor about Home Delivery with Express Scripts Pharmacy. You can also call Express Scripts Pharmacy at 1-866-553-4125 (TTY: 1-800-899-2114) 24 hours a day, seven days a week or sign up online at www.StartHomeDelivery.com.

Know the side effects.

When your doctor prescribes a new medication, ask what the side effects might be—and what you can do about them.

Most side effects are minor and may be temporary, but some warrant a call to your doctor’s office.

If you believe you’re experiencing side effects as a result of your medications or have any questions about your medications, like how to take them, reach out for help by calling your doctor or making an appointment.

Or call an Express Scripts pharmacist at 1-800-903-8030 (TTY: 711). Please make sure to ask to speak to a pharmacist when you call.

Save trips to the pharmacy.

If you’re taking multiple medications on an ongoing basis, sign up for medication synchronization through your pharmacy. You’ll get all your refills scheduled for the same day. This will save you trips to the pharmacy each month.

To sign up, talk to your pharmacist.

Use a pill box.

Pill boxes are a handy way to organize your medications by day or week. Check your local pharmacy or dollar store to purchase a pillbox. Also, consider making a medication checklist so you’ll never be uncertain if it’s time to take your prescription.

Sign up for auto-refill.

Most pharmacies have auto-refill programs for the medications you take every day. Talk to your local pharmacy to sign up. They will automatically refill your medication and call you when it’s ready to be picked up.

To see if your pharmacy offers auto-refills, click here.

Get regular updates.

If you’ve registered your online member portal account, you’ll get updates on how you’re doing at taking your medications!

Haven’t registered yet? It’s easy! Just visit SCAN’s member account registration page and follow the instructions.

Enroll in Extra Help.

You may qualify for Medicare’s Extra Help to pay for prescription drug costs. If eligible, Extra Help could pay nearly 100 percent of your drug costs, including monthly prescription premiums, annual deductibles and coinsurance.

To see if you’re eligible for Extra Help, call Altegra Health My Advocate at 1-866-866-0980 (TTY: 711), Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.