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How much will drugs cost in the Catastrophic Coverage stage?

For those whose total drug costs reach $4,950 in 2017, they enter Catastrophic Coverage. In this payment stage...

Know about drug discounts in the Coverage Gap

Those who reach the Coverage Gap in a Part D prescription drug plan (also called the “donut hole”) and don’t receive extra help from Medicare get a discount on covered brand-name and generic drugs...

Does a Medicare drug plan cover over-the-counter drugs?

No, a Part D prescription drug plan generally covers only prescription drugs and won’t pay for over-the-counter drugs like...

Medicare announces 2017 Part D costs

The government has announced the 2017 costs for a standard Part D prescription drug plan...

How can I pay my Part D drug plan premium?

If you have a stand-alone Part D drug plan, you will pay premiums to the insurance company sponsoring the plan...

The corner pharmacy may not be your best deal

Here’s a new situation those with a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan might encounter...

FREE Whitepaper — Learn the lingo of Part D prescription drug plans

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Does Medicare Part B cover any medications?

Part B, medical insurance, offers very limited coverage of medications. It covers some injections administered in a doctor’s office...

The donut hole is closing: What does that mean?

The Affordable Care Act has taken measures to close the coverage gap in a Part D prescription drug plan. Over the next several years, beneficiaries will pay less for drugs...

How can I determine whether my drug coverage is creditable?

I would like to keep the plan offered by my union. Medicare requires insurance companies whose policies include prescription drug coverage to notify Medicare-eligible individuals...

INFOGRAPHIC – Understanding the Coverage Gap in Medicare Part D

You've probably heard the term "donut hole" in relation to Medicare. If you don't know exactly what the Medicare donut hole is or what it means to your prescription drug converage, it's time to find out...

How will I know if my prescription will be discounted in the donut hole?

If a drug manufacturer doesn’t agree to a discount, its medication won’t be covered under Part D...

What if a Part D drug plan means you pay more for drugs?

A new Medicare beneficiary questions the need to sign up for a Part D prescription drug plan. He writes...

What to know about getting the shingles vaccine at the doctor’s office

During Irene’s annual Medicare wellness visit, her physician asked whether she ever had chickenpox. Yes, she replied, at age 7. Because she had chickenpox, her physician knows she’s at greater risk for shingles...

What's MTM?

It's on just about every drug plan in the Medicare Plan Finder, but what is it? Medication therapy management (MTM) is a voluntary drug plan benefit. Plan sponsors can choose to offer this program. The program is designed to help...

What is creditable drug coverage?

Drug coverage that is considered creditable by Medicare is at least as good as part of the standard Medicare prescription drug plan.

What if the neighborhood pharmacy isn’t in-network?

Medicare requires drug plans to have a list of network pharmacies for its members. Generally, drug plans cover only medications filled at those pharmacies...

Don’t make these mistakes when shopping for a Part D Drug Plan

Are you getting ready to begin shopping for a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan? Or perhaps you’re just checking out drug plans during the Open Enrollment Period. Either way, steer clear of these three common mistakes...

Should I consider using a mail order pharmacy for my prescriptions?

Medicare Plans cannot make their members use a mail-order pharmacy. In some cases, this is a money-saving option, but for others it can cost more...

Who pays for drugs when I'm in the donut hole?

While in the donut hole, officially known as the Medicare Coverage Gap, the Medicare beneficiary is responsible for the costs. But, here's some good news...

Five facts you need to know about the Medicare Donut Hole

There is a lot of confusion about the Coverage Gap in Medicare’s Part D prescription drug plan also known at the donut hole. Get the important facts now...