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DO I NEED DRUG COVERAGE?

 

Some men and women who aren’t taking prescription medications may think they do not need to enroll in Part D when they become eligible for Medicare. However, if you delay signing up when you are first eligible, without other creditable drug coverage, you may incur a late enrollment penalty if you enroll later. You would then pay the penalty for as long you have prescription drug coverage. We recommend meeting with one of our agents prior to becoming Medicare eligible to make sure you are aware of your choices so you can avoid paying a penalty.

 

Two Ways to Get Drug Coverage

 

Currently, if you do not have other creditable drug coverage, there are two ways to obtain Medicare Part D:

 

  •  Through Stand-Alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, or PDPs, which add prescription drug coverage to Original  

      Medicare, as well as Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA) plans, some Medicare Cost Plans and some Medicare  

      Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS) plans.  These stand-alone PDP’s have a monthly premium and many have an annual

      deductible.

 

  •  Through a Medicare Advantage plan that includes prescription drug coverage.

 

Each plan that offers Part D coverage has their own list of drugs that are covered and a tiered formulary that determines the cost of the copays and coinsurance for each drug. There is a network of pharmacies for each plan and some have preferred pharmacies that may offer even lower copays.

 

To learn about the options that are available for your needs, give us a call at 503-454-0930.

 

 

 

 

Medicare Part D

Beginning January 1, 2006, a prescription drug benefit, called Medicare Part D, was made available. It was created to assist in making drug coverage more affordable for Medicare beneficiaries.  

 

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans are available through private insurance companies that are contracted with Medicare. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services created the structure for the Part D plan and the insurance companies must adhere to their guidelines.

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