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 (or getting your Part A of Medicare) if you don't have equivalent drug coverage (aka: Credible Drug Coverage, as good as Medicare) from another source, such as a retiree plan.
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.
1. With a Stand-Alone Part D Drug Plan, offered through private Insurance companies contracted and approved by Medicare as a Part D Sponsor. You must have Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance)and/or Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) to join a separate Part D drug plan.
2. With a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) or other Medicare Health Plan that includes drug coverage. You get all your Part A, Part B, and drug coverage, through these plans. These too, are private insurance companies with a Medicare contract and are an approved Part D Sponsor. Remember, you must have Part A and Part B to join a Medicare Advantage plan, and not all of these plans offer drug coverage.
To join a Medicare drug plan, Medicare Advantage Plan, or other Medicare Health Plan with drug coverage, you must be a United States citizen, or lawfully present in the United States.
It pays to review your Part D coverage every year, especially if you have started taking new drugs.
Call us to help you understand your options.
Individuals with annual incomes of less than $and financial resources of , or married couples with incomes of less than $ , might qualify for Extra Help from Medicare to pay their Part D premiums and out-of-pocket drug costs.
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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