Students Helped Save Medicare Recipients More Than $47,000 Across the Triad.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 26, 2018 – High Point University’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy students were recognized for saving clients more than $47,000 on their Part D Medicare plans as Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors.
North Carolina’s Department of Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey honored each of the 26 students for their participation in helping more than 100 patients across the Triad region.
“The volunteers help through this SHIIP program do great work, and it’s a good feeling because these clients, as you students found out, don’t know where to turn,” said Causey.
Dr. Julie Cooper, HPU associate professor of clinical sciences, created a certificate elective course for students to become counselors through North Carolina Department of Insurance’s SHIIP.
Through Medicare Open Enrollment, the students were responsible for reviewing the beneficiary’s Medicare Part D plan to find the best prescription drug coverage for the lowest cost.
HPU third-year pharmacy student Corinne Wisniewski saved an overall of $9,000 for patients. More than $7,000 of that was with one patient.
“Being able to find a medication prescription plan that would benefit the clients the most either in saving money or them being able to afford their medications is something so impactful that will help me continue my journey as a pharmacist,” said Wisniewski.
Scott Vang, an HPU third-year pharmacy student, says his time as a SHIIP counselor was solely to give back to the High Point community.
“It’s really about giving back to the community, and that has impacted me and my future as a health professional,” said Vang. “As a pharmacist, we’re not just doing our day-to-day responsibilities and duties, but also going the extra mile to give back to our community.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to share their experiences with the Commissioner and celebrate the impact our students have made with Medicare recipients here in the Triad,” said Cooper.