Part D Prescription Drug Plans

Medicare offers prescription drug coverage to everyone with Medicare. Even if you don’t take many prescriptions now, you should consider joining a Medicare drug plan. If you decide not to join a Medicare drug plan when you’re first eligible, and you don’t have other creditable prescription drug coverage, and you don’t get Extra Help, you’ll likely pay a late enrollment penalty if you join a plan later. Generally, you’ll pay this penalty for as long as you have Medicare prescription drug coverage. See pages 112–113. To get Medicare prescription drug coverage, you must join a plan approved by Medicare to cover Medicare drug coverage.

Get Information about Prescription Drug Coverage
(Part D)

There are 2 ways to get Medicare prescription drug coverage:

  1. Medicare Prescription Drug Plans. These plans (sometimes called “PDPs”) add drug coverage to Original Medicare, some Medicare Cost Plans, some Medicare Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS) plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA) plans. You must have Part A or Part B to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
  2. Medicare Advantage Plans (like HMOs or PPOs) or other Medicare health plans that cover Medicare prescription drug coverage. You get all of your Part A, Part B, and prescription drug coverage (Part D), through these plans. Medicare Advantage Plans with prescription drug coverage are sometimes called “MA-PDs.” Remember, you must have Part A and Part B to join a Medicare Advantage Plan, and not all of these plans cover drug coverage.

 

Additional Resources

Medicare & You 2017 (Government Guide to Medicare)