Part D Prescription Drug Plans

You can sign up for Part D Prescription Drug Plans, which helps cover prescription drug costs, along with other components of Medicare starting three months before your 65th birthday.

It's important to do this on time because there's a permanent premium surcharge for enrolling more than three months after your 65th birthday if you don't have equivalent drug coverage from another source, such as a retiree plan.

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If you are already enrolled in a Part D "standalone" plan or a Medicare Advantage plan that incorporates drug coverage, you can switch plans during the open-enrollment period, which runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 every year.

Making Part D work

Most Prescription Drug Plans have a coverage gap called a donut hole. This means there's a temporary limit on what the drug plan will cover for drugs. The coverage gap begins after you and your drug plan have spent a certain amount for covered drugs. For 2020, you're in the coverage gap once you and your plan have spent $4,020 on covered drugs. People with Medicare who get Extra Help paying Part D costs won’t enter the coverage gap.

Additionally, you'll pay no more than 25% for covered brand-name and generic drugs during the gap.

Year You'll pay this percentage for brand-name drugs in the coverage gap You'll pay this percentage for generic drugs in the coverage gap
2019 25% 37%
2020 25% 25%

For 2020 and beyond, Medicare will pay 75% of the price for generic drugs during the coverage gap, and you'll pay the remaining 25% of the price. The coverage for generic drugs works differently from the discount for brand-name drugs. For generic drugs, only the amount you pay will count toward getting you out of the coverage gap.

Choosing a plan

It pays to review your Part D coverage every year, especially if you have started taking new drugs.

  • Start at Medicare.gov, where you can find the basics about the benefit and Part D plans. There's a link to the Medicare Part D Plan Finder, which allows you to compare offerings and coverage options in your area and includes a helpful formulary finder that allows you to compare plans based on their coverage of your personalized list of drugs. It will even show you your monthly out-of-pocket drug cost for the year

Call us to help you understand your options.

Getting financial help

Individuals with annual incomes of less than $18,210 and financial resources of less than $14,100, or married couples with incomes of less than $28,150, might qualify for Extra Help from Medicare to pay their Part D premiums and out-of-pocket drug costs.


Download Medicare's instructions on applying for the Extra Help program.

Additionally, read about the six ways to lower your drug costs on Medicare.gov.

This information was obtained from www.medicare.gov

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