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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 Med

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

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 Par

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 drug coverage.

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 Medicare beneficiar

Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan Changes for 2020

Summary:  You want to know you have coverage for the medications you need – both now and in the future. Medicare prescription drug plan costs and coverage can change from year to year. Here is th

Medicare Part D Donut Hole closing in 2020

Summary: The Medicare Part D donut hole is closing in 2020. This means that you pay only 25% for both brand and generic prescription drugs in the coverage gap. If you have Part D prescription dru

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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 m

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

Understanding Medicare Part D Out-of-Pocket Costs

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

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 to ev

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

  Summary:  To lower your prescription drug costs under Medicare, it helps to: Compare plans to make sure you're getting the best coverage. Sign up for prescription drug coverage

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 p

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 fami

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

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

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

How to Choose the Right Medicare Part D Plan for You

Summary: Medicare Part D plans may cover different prescriptions at different prices. All plans have to include at least two medications from each of the most common prescription drug categories.

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

Managing Your Prescription Drug Costs Through Budgeting

Summary:  Despite concern over the cost of Medicare prescription drugs, many Medicare beneficiaries overspend because they don’t select the Medicare Part D Plan that is best for their prescriptio

Why Can’t I Get a Zero Dollar Premium Stand-Alone Medicare Part D Plan?

Summary: How much does Medicare Part D cost? Most Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans charge a premium and have copayment and coinsurance and some have deductibles. Selecting a Medicare Part D p

Will I Reach The Part D Donut Hole (Coverage Gap)?

Summary: Approximately 22% of surveyed Medicare beneficiaries with Part D coverage reach the coverage gap (“donut hole”) stage. In 2020 Medicare beneficiaries are expected to pay 25% of the cost

Could Rising Drug Costs Affect the Future of Medicare?

Summary:  When asked about the future of Medicare and Medicare prescription drug plans: Most eHealth survey respondents weren't counting on Medicare to be available to future generations. M

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