Medicare Part D is an entirely voluntary outpatient prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients offered through commercial companies with federal government approval. A Medicare Advantage prescription drug plan (MA-PD), primarily an HMO or a PPO, covers all Medicare benefits, including prescription medications, or a stand-alone prescription drug plan (PDP) to augment regular Medicare. Of the more than 60 million individuals insured by Medicare in 2020, 46 million are enrolled in Part D programs.
What is Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Benefit)?
Medicare Part D is a voluntary outpatient prescription drug benefit for people with Medicare, provided through private plans approved by the federal government. Beneficiaries can choose to enroll in either a stand-alone prescription drug plan (PDP) to supplement traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage prescription drug plan (MA-PD), mainly HMOs and PPOs, that cover all Medicare benefits including drugs. In 2020, 46 million of the more than 60 million people covered by Medicare are enrolled in Part D plans.
How does Medicare Part D work?
Both Medicare Advantage and Part D provide coverage for prescription medications. A part of the more extensive Medicare, a federal health insurance program, is Medicare Part D.
Even though Medicare covers many medical procedures, Part D is dedicated to lowering prescription costs for Americans 65 and older.
Medicare Part D is often elective for those who currently have Medicare coverage. However, if you want to do so, you will be responsible for paying the exact costs associated with regular insurance plans, including monthly premiums, yearly deductibles, and copays. In return, you receive more prescription medication coverage than what is already provided by the general Medicare program. For this reason, it’s up to you to choose whether subscribing to Medicare Part D makes economic sense, given your health needs and financial circumstances.
How much does Medicare Part D cost?
You’ll make these payments throughout the year in a Medicare drug plan:
Costs if you get Extra Help
Costs if you pay a late enrollment penalty
Copayments or coinsurance
Costs in the coverage gap
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