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Medicare Part D by State

Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) is available in every state. You can learn more about Part D in your state – just use our interactive map, or click on one of the links below. Some Me

What Is Medicare Part D?

Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, often referred to as Part D, is provided and coordinated by Medicare-approved private insurance companies. Any beneficiary who is eligible for Original

Low-Income Subsidy — Medicare Extra Help Program

What is the Medicare Low-Income Subsidy? Eligible beneficiaries who have limited income may qualify for a government program that helps pay for Medicare Part D prescription drug costs. Medicar

Enrolling in Medicare Part D

Who can enroll in Medicare Part D? In general, individuals who have Original Medicare, Part A and/or Part B, or a Medicare Advantage plan (Medicare Part C) are eligible to enroll into a Medic

Covered and Excluded Drugs in the Medicare Part D Drug Formulary

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans are available from private insurance companies contracted with Medicare to provide and coordinate prescription benefits to beneficiaries. As a Medicare beneficiar

Five Ways to Avoid the Medicare Part D Coverage Gap (“Donut Hole”)

If you use one or more prescription medications, you know how important drug coverage through a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan can be. Whether you have a stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescr

Medicare Part D Donut Hole – Medicare Coverage Gap

  You may not know that under Medicare Part D, you may have a prescription drug coverage gap, often referred to as the “donut hole,” during which you might have limited prescription dr

Comparing Medicare Part D Coverage

  It might surprise you that Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) doesn’t generally include prescription drug coverage for most prescriptions you take at home. That’s why many Medicar

Medicare and Brand-Name Prescription Drugs

Medicare Part D provides optional prescription drug coverage for Medicare beneficiaries. Available from private, Medicare-approved insurance companies, Medicare Prescription Drug Plans may cover b

Immunologic Agents

Immunologic agents (drugs) are prescription medications that change the body's immune response, either by strengthening or weakening the immune system. The immune system fights off foreign matter

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Medicare and Generic Prescription Drugs

As a Medicare beneficiary, it’s important for you to understand the difference between brand-name and generic drugs, and to know about your coverage options under Medicare Part D (prescription

Muscle Relaxants

This article describes muscle relaxants and the health conditions that this drug type is used for.Muscle relaxants are a group of medications used to treat a wide variety of health conditions, suc

Recommended Questions for Your Pharmacist

Medicare beneficiaries enroll in Prescription Drug Plans to receive coverage for prescription medications they take. You can do this through the Medicare Part D program by adding a stand-alone M

Understanding the Part D Donut Hole

You may already know that Medicare Part D is the prescription drug coverage part of Medicare. The “donut hole” is temporarily reduced coverage of your medication costs. It doesn’t happen t


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Should I get the same Medicare Part D Plan as my Spouse?

You may have had the same health care insurance as your spouse for decades, but that could change when you become eligible for Medicare. Medicare is individual health insurance, not family healt

Understanding Medicare Part D Out-of-Pocket Costs

  Summary: Your Medicare Part D costs depend on the specific plan you have and prescriptions you take. Some of your costs may include plan deductibles, copayments/coinsurance, and a plan p

How Much is the Medicare Part D Deductible?

  Summary: The Medicare Part D deductible is an amount you might have to pay each year before your Medicare Part D benefits kick in. The Medicare Part D deductible is determined by your pl

What is the Medicare Part D Late Enrollment Penalty?

Summary: Did you know there's a Medicare Part D late enrollment penalty? It could make your Part D premium higher. Understand the Part D penalty and how you might avoid it. When does the Medicare P

How Does Medicare Part D Work with Other Insurance?

Summary: You can have more than one insurance help you pay for prescription drugs. Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans coordinate benefits with other prescription drug coverage to determine who

Tips for Lowering Your Prescription Drug Out-of-Pocket Costs

  Summary:  To lower your prescription drug costs under Medicare, it generally helps to: Sign up for prescription drug coverage as soon as you are eligible. Understand more about

How to Choose the Right Medicare Part D Plan for You

Summary: Medicare Part D plans may cover different prescriptions at different prices, although all plans have to include at least two medications from each of the most common drug categories and cla

Can I Have More than One Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan?

  Summary: You generally can only have one Medicare Part D plan cover your prescription drugs at a time. However, you can sometimes change plans if you need better coverage. You general

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