Mark & Karl Friedman Meet CJFS' "Human Computer"

A couple of years ago, when Mark Friedman was approaching his 65th birthday, he began thinking about choosing a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. Through Medicare Part D, older adults have the opportunity to enroll in cost-saving prescription drug plans. Mark had heard from friends that the selection process could be daunting, with myriad variables and choices.

“A friend said you should go see Amy Peetluk at CJFS and let her work her magic … so I went and got the best plan that was available for me,” Mark recalled.   

Fast forward to present, and Mark’s father, 93-year-old Karl “Bubba” Friedman needed advice in choosing a prescription plan. “When Dad needed to choose a plan, I just made the same arrangements with Amy,” Mark said. “She’s like a human computer. You give her the information, and she explains your options simply and clearly. It takes all the thinking and all the worrying out of the process.”

Amy insists she’s only human – but admits that her experience with the Part D selection matrix simplifies the process for participants. “In 2016, CJFS provided Medicare Part D consultations to 164 individuals, saving them $135,500 in insurance premiums and co-pays,” she said. In 2017, CJFS will again be providing Medicare Part D consultations free of charge, with donations welcome. Open enrollment begins today, Oct. 15, and ends Dec. 7.

To make an appointment with Amy, contact her at amyp@cjfsbham.org or 205.879.3438.


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