Medicare Part D Articles

About the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Gap (“Donut Hole”)

The Medicare coverage gap is the phase of your Medicare Part D benefit when there is a gap in prescription drug coverage. You might not reach this stage at all; it starts if you and your plan spend a certain amount of money within a year, as described below.... Read more

What is a prescription drug plan formulary?

If you have a stand-alone Part D Prescription Drug Plan or a Medicare Advantage prescription drug plan from a private insurance company, you may assume that all your prescription drugs will be covered. One way to know in detail what prescription drugs your... Read more

What’s new with Medicare Part D in 2018?

If you have Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) or plan to enroll in a stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, you may be interested in several cost-related trends in 2018. Medicare Part D premium may decline In its August 2017 news... Read more

How Your Medicare Part D Late-Enrollment Penalty Is Calculated

Medicare Part D is prescription drug coverage. It's optional, but if you delay enrolling in a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, you may be charged a late-enrollment penalty if you decide to enroll later. Here is how that penalty is calculated and... Read more

What is a Medicare Part D Preferred Pharmacy?

You can enroll in a Medicare plan that offers Part D prescription drug benefits in order to receive prescription drug coverage. There are two types of plans offered by Medicare-approved private insurance companies that provide Medicare Part D prescription... Read more

Medicare Part D Deductible

Do I need a Medicare Part D plan? If you have Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) and want prescription drug coverage for prescription drugs you take at home, you will likely have to enroll in a separate prescription drug plan. Original Medicare generally... Read more

Does Medicare Cover the Shingles Vaccine?

Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, don't cover the shingles vaccine. Medicare Part D (optional prescription drug coverage), on the other hand, may cover the shingles vaccine, as well as other commercially available vaccines. Shingles is a painful rash... Read more

What does a formulary in a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan mean?

Medicare requires that every private insurance company approved to offer Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans provide a certain minimum level of coverage. However, the individual companies have some flexibility in deciding which prescription drugs they... Read more

Qualifying for Extra Help with Medicare Part D Costs

If you’re one of many beneficiaries who takes prescription drugs, you know that even if you have Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, there are usually still out-of-pocket costs you’re responsible for. Prescription costs like copayments,... Read more

How does Medicare Part D work with other insurance?

Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans If you are a Medicare beneficiary, or will be soon, you might be concerned about getting prescription drug coverage under Medicare Part D. Anyone who has Medicare coverage –Part A (hospital insurance) and/or Part B... Read more




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