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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 lower prescription drug prices.
One way to get some help with costs of prescription drugs when you’re on Medicare is to sign up for coverage under Medicare Part D. That’s prescription drug coverage available through private insurance companies that contract with Medicare.
Under a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, costs associated with your prescription drugs will generally include the copayment or coinsurance amount for each covered medication. Some plans may charge a monthly premium, and some also have annual deductible amounts.
You can get this coverage in two main ways:
Read more about these plan types, including their differences and similarities: Medicare Part D Coverage – Medicare Advantage or a Stand-Alone Plan?
Prescription drug prices aren’t always the same from one Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan to another. It really might be worth your while to shop around. According to a 2017 eHealth study, more than 90% of eHealth shoppers may be able to find lower-priced Medicare Prescription Drug Plans than they currently have.
You can switch from one Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to another as long as you’re eligible for your plan of choice and live within the plan’s service area. Medicare has an Annual Election Period once a year, from October 15 – December 7. During that period, you can generally do any of the following (and more):
This is not a complete list of coverage changes you can make during this time.
Depending on your situation, you might be able to get help with your Medicare prescription drug prices.
It’s easy to compare Medicare Prescription Drug Plans from your tablet, phone, or computer. Just enter your ZIP code in the box on this page to get started. Note that you can enter your medications from the list of plans displayed, so you can see which plans may cover your medications and for what prices.
The formulary may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary.
This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. Benefits, premiums and/or copayments/co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year.
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