Medicare Part D

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What Is Medicare Part D?

Medicare Part D is a prescription drug program that is available to Medicare beneficiaries. It is designed to provide coverage for prescription drugs to individuals who are enrolled in Medicare. Medicare Part D is a voluntary program, which means that you are not required to enroll, but if you do not enroll when you are first eligible, you may have to pay a late enrollment penalty.

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There are two ways to get Medicare Part D coverage:

Stand-alone Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs): These plans are offered by private insurance companies and provide prescription drug coverage for those who have Original Medicare (Part A and Part B).

Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans (MAPDs): These plans are offered by private insurance companies that contract with Medicare to provide Medicare benefits, including prescription drug coverage.

In both cases, you will pay a monthly premium for the plan, as well as any copayments, coinsurance, or deductibles for the prescription drugs that you receive.

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Additional Information About Medicare Part D

Each Medicare Part D plan has a formulary, which is a list of drugs that the plan covers. The formulary will specify how much you will pay for each drug based on its tier. Tier 1 drugs are typically generic drugs and have the lowest copayment, while Tier 4 drugs are typically specialty drugs and have the highest copayment.

It is important to note that there is a coverage gap in Medicare Part D, also known as the "donut hole." Once you and your plan have spent a certain amount on prescription drugs for the year, you will be responsible for a larger portion of the cost until you reach catastrophic coverage. In 2022, the coverage gap begins once you and your plan have spent $4,430 on covered drugs, and it ends once you have spent a total of $7,050 out-of-pocket.

In summary, Medicare Part D is a program that provides prescription drug coverage for Medicare beneficiaries through private insurance companies. There are two ways to get Medicare Part D coverage, and each plan has a formulary and a coverage gap.

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As you approach Medicare eligbility, you should receive information from CMS in the mail, providing information about Medicare, Part D Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Supplement Plans. This should help educate you about what to expect and how to choose the best Medicare plan. You can download the Medicare & You Handbook directly from Medicare, if you do not receive one in the mail.

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