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Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage

  Medicare beneficiaries across the nation have the option of enrolling in Medicare Part D to get help with their prescription drug costs. Medicare prescription drug coverage is availab

Comparing Medicare Part D Coverage

As a Medicare beneficiary, you have a few options when it comes to your Medicare prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D) and how to get it. If you're enrolled in Original Medicare, you c

What Are Medicare Part D IRMAA and Part B IRMAA?

Summary: The Affordable Care Act brought a lot of changes to the Medicare program, including a new Part D premium adjustment for people who reported higher incomes on their tax returns. The income-r

What Can I Do If Medicare Doesn’t Cover a Drug I Need?

  You can get Medicare prescription drug coverage through a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan (MAPD) or a stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, which works alongs

Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Costs

Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage helps beneficiaries with the costs of their prescription medications. If you decide to enroll in Medicare Part D, some of your costs may include out-of-p

Medicare Part D Deductible Costs

  Summary: The Medicare Part D deductible is the amount you pay for your prescription drugs before your plan begins to help. In 2020, the Medicare Part D deductible can’t be greater than

Medicare Brand-Name vs. Generic Prescription Drugs: Comparing Costs and Effectiveness

Whether or not you're enrolled in a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, you may want to learn about the terms "generic" and "brand-name." Generic prescription medications are typically much

What Vaccines are Covered by Medicare Part D?

A vaccine covered by Medicare Part D could save your life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccine-preventable diseases can cause long-term illness, hospitaliz

Medicare Extra Help Program

The Low-Income Subsidy (LIS), also known as the Medicare Extra Help program, is available to beneficiaries who fall below certain income and personal resource limits. This is a federal program t

Understanding the Medicare Donut Hole

What is the Medicare donut hole? Perhaps you have enrolled in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan under Medicare Part D. You may be wondering about the Medicare Part D benefit stages, especially the

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Medicare Part D Coverage Gap (“Donut Hole”)

  If you have Medicare prescription drug coverage, you need to be aware of the Medicare Part D coverage gap, also known as the “donut hole.” This is a period of time when you might hav

What’s the Medicare Part D Late Enrollment Penalty?

Did you know there’s a Medicare Part D penalty for late enrollment? The penalty is avoidable, so it’s important to understand how it works. If you are eligible for Medicare Part A and/or Pa

What is a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan Formulary

  If you have a chronic illness, taking regular prescription drugs may be an important part of maintaining your health. Since Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) doesn’t cover most pre

What Does a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan Offer?

The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (also referred to as the Medicare Modernization Act or MMA) is a federal law passed in 2003 that set the stage for a major over

Understanding Medicare Part D Out of Pocket Costs

  Nearly 70% of Americans take at least one prescription drug, according to the Mayo Clinic. Twenty percent of patients take five or more prescriptions, according to the same findings. If

Medicare Part D Benefits Overview for 2020

How much does Medicare Part D cost in 2020? You’re likely to see a wide range of costs across Medicare health and prescription drug plans. Let’s review some of the costs commonly associated w

How Does Medicare Part D Work?

  Summary: Medicare Part D is prescription drug coverage for Medicare beneficiaries. You get it as a stand-alone plan with Original Medicare or included in a Medicare Advantage plan. Medic

Why Do Some Medicare Part D Prescription Drugs Cost More than Others?

Have you noticed that some medications have a higher cost than others, even if you're covered under Medicare Part D? If you're trying to manage your Medicare Part D costs, keep reading to learn

Should I Get Medicare Part D Coverage Through Medicare Advantage or a Stand-Alone Plan?

Are you thinking about Medicare Part D coverage for your prescription drugs? As you may know, there are two main ways to get this coverage: Stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan

When Should You Keep the Same Medicare Prescription Drug Plan?

Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan might cover your prescription drugs with out-of-pocket costs that you can live with. But it's possible that you can find a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan that

What Prescription Drugs Does My Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan Cover?

If you’re thinking about enrolling in Medicare Part D, you probably understand that Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance) generally cover only medications administe

Medicare Part D Coverage During a Skilled Nursing Home Stay

When you're in a nursing home, you might be given prescription drugs. Even if you're normally covered under Medicare Part D, are your prescriptions still covered in a nursing home? Medicare Par

Who Qualifies for a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan?

If you're eligible for Medicare, you generally also qualify for prescription drug coverage under the Medicare Part D program. Who qualifies for Medicare Part D: how can you get Part D coverage Y

Medicare Part B vs. Medicare Part D

  If you're approaching Medicare eligibility, you may have questions about what each part of Medicare covers. Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B are considered Original Medicare, Medica

How Can I Lower the Costs of My Prescription Drugs?

If you're like many people who take medications to manage health conditions, you may be concerned about the costs of prescription drugs. As a Medicare beneficiary, you might have some ways to get

Why Are Some Medicare Part D Prescription Drugs More Expensive?

If you have Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage), you may have noticed that medication costs can vary widely. Here's what to keep in mind as you manage your Medicare Part D costs. What

How to Enroll in Medicare Part D to Get Prescription Drug Coverage

Summary: How you enroll in Medicare Part D depends on how you wish to receive your Medicare health benefits. You can enroll in a stand-alone Medicare Part D plan or enroll in a Medicare Advantage

Changes to Medicare Prescription Drug Prices

In November 2018, the Trump Administration published a proposal that could lower Medicare prescription drug prices, CNBC reported. Here's what you need to know if you have Medicare prescription dr

Do I qualify for Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy?

The Low-Income Subsidy, also known as Extra Help, can help pay Medicare Part D prescription drug costs for those who qualify. Learn more about how you qualify for the Low-Income Subsidy and how

Choosing the Right Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage

Basic Medicare (Part A and Part B) doesn’t include coverage for most prescription drugs you take at home. However, it’s impossible to be treated for most health conditions without the taking a

Where Can I Find a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan?

If you take prescription medications, you might want to sign up for Medicare prescription drug coverage. Even if you don't take medications now, if you think you might take them in the future, it

How to Pay for Expensive Prescription Drugs in the United States

The out-of-pocket cost of prescription drugs can be a serious drain on your retirement income. Fortunately, Medicare Part D may be able to help you with the costs of prescription drugs. Many

How Will Medicare Part D Costs Change in 2020?

Summary:  Changes in 2020 for Medicare Part D include: Increased IRMMA amounts A lower national base beneficiary premium Increased deductible Increased threshold to enter the donut ho

Medicare Part D Donut Hole is closing in 2020

Summary:  The Medicare donut hole closes in 2020 and then you'll pay no more than 25% for covered brand-name and generic prescription drugs. You may have heard that the Medicare “donut hole”

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