What drug plans cover
Medication Therapy Management programs for complex health needs
Drug plan coverage rules
Using your drug plan for the first time
Filling a prescription without your new plan card
Costs for Medicare drug coverage
Monthly premium for drug plans
Yearly deductible for drug plans
Copayment/coinsurance in drug plans
Costs in the coverage gap
Part D late enrollment penalty
Medicare prescription drug coverage is an optional benefit. Medicare offers prescription drug coverage to everyone with Medicare. If you decide not to get Medicare drug coverage when you're first eligible, you'll likely pay a late enrollment penalty if you join later, unless one of these applies:
Generally, you'll pay this penalty for as long as you have Medicare prescription drug coverage.
To get Medicare drug coverage, you must join a plan approved by Medicare that offers Medicare drug coverage. Each plan can vary in cost and drugs covered.
2 ways to get drug coverage
Find a Medicare drug plan.
How to join a drug plan
Once you choose a Medicare drug plan, here's how you may be able to join:
When you join a Medicare drug plan, you'll give your Medicare Number and the date your Part A and/or Part B coverage started. This information is on your Medicare card.
Consider all your drug coverage choices
Before you make a decision, learn how Part D works with your other drug coverage. For example, you may have drug coverage from an employer or union, TRICARE, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Indian Health Service, or a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policy. Compare your current coverage to Medicare drug coverage. The drug coverage you already have may change because of Medicare drug coverage, so consider all your coverage options.
If you have (or are eligible for) other types of drug coverage, read all the materials you get from your insurer or plan provider. Talk to your benefits administrator, insurer, or plan provider before you make any changes to your current coverage.
Joining a Medicare drug plan may affect your Medicare Advantage Plan
Your Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) will disenroll you and you'll go back to Original Medicare if both of these apply: