More than 70% of Medicare beneficiaries enroll in Medicare Part D – a prescription drug plan.
If you are enrolled in Original Medicare, Medicare Part D plans are provided by a private insurer. If you are a Medicare Advantage member, Part D is included with your plan.
If you have questions about Medicare Part D enrollment, this article will provide you with answers. We will look at Medicare Part D cost, tips for finding the right plan, and explanations of coverage.
Who Can Enroll in Medicare Part D?
Anyone eligible for Medicare can enroll in Medicare Part D. It’s essential to enroll in this prescription drug program as soon as you qualify for Medicare. Otherwise, you will pay a late enrollment penalty for as long as you have Medicare benefits.
Medicare Part D is part of Medicare plans that offer prescription drug coverage. The type of plan you choose and the types of drugs you use determine the cost of Medicare Part D. Your prescription drug plan provided by a private insurer.
If you have a Medicare Advantage policy, your plan likely provides for prescription drugs.
What Drugs Are Covered?
Medicare Part D coverage must include benefits for at least two drugs per drug category. In other words, two kinds of blood pressure medications, two types of antacid medications, etc., must be available for Part D policyholders.
There are some categories of drugs that Medicare Part D is required to cover all available medications, including the following:
- HIV/AIDS treatments
- Anticancer drugs
Part D covers most vaccines. Part B covers some other vaccines. Over the counter medications are not covered by Medicare Part D.
Who Should Enroll in Medicare Part D?
It’s advisable for anyone eligible for Medicare to enroll in Medicare Part D. You should especially enroll if you use prescription drugs regularly or think you may need prescription drugs in the future.
If you don’t currently have prescription drug coverage that is better than Medicare or have difficulty paying the price of your prescription drugs, Medicare Part D is the right choice.
How Do I Find the Right Plan?
You can use the Medicare Part D Plan Finder tool online or work with a Medicare expert to find the right plan for you. There are many considerations when choosing a Medicare Part D provider. Do your research and seek an experienced agent’s advice to help you determine the right fit for your needs.
Make Sure You’re Covered
Prescription drugs can be very expensive, but Medicare Part D plans can help you cover your medication costs. It’s important to enroll as soon as you are eligible to avoid a penalty. There are many options available, and you should consider working with someone who understands Medicare to help you find the right plan.
Northwest Florida Medicare can help! Our team will help you compare plan benefits and costs, estimate your savings, and help you with enrollment. Contact us today for a free consultation.