While prescription drug coverage is an essential health benefit, prescription drug coverage in a Marketplace or SHOP plan isn’t required to be at least as good as Medicare Part D coverage (creditable). However, all private insurers offering prescription drug coverage, including Marketplace and SHOP plans, are required to determine if their prescription drug coverage is creditable each year and let you know in writing.
Understanding the Medicare Part D Donut Hole
Once you and your Part D drug plan have spent $2,840 for covered drugs, you will be in the donut hole. Previously, you had to pay the full cost of your prescription drugs while in the donut hole. However, in 2011, you get a 50% discount on covered brand-name prescription medications. The donut hole continues until your total out-of-pocket cost reaches $4,550. This annual out-of-pocket spending amount includes your yearly deductible, copayment, and coinsurance amounts.
Medicare Plans & Coverage: Part A, Part B, Part C, Part D
Medicare is a federal insurance program that covers hospitalization expenses as well as doctor and medical expenses. To be eligible for Medicare, one must be an American citizen 65 years or older, or younger with a qualifying disability.
www.Q1Medicare.com Your Source for Medicare Part D Plan Information
You can enroll into a stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plan or a Medicare Advantage plan during the Annual Enrollment Period (or AEP) or open enrollment period starting October 15th and continuing for seven weeks through December 7th with your newly selected Medicare plan starting on January 1st of the following year. Please note that if you are just turning 65 or are newly eligible for Medicare, you will be granted a seven (7) month enrollment period when you can join a Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan. The seven month period begins three months before your Medicare eligibility (or birthday) month, includes your eligibility month, and continues for three months after your Medicare eligibility month. However, your Medicare plan can begin no sooner than the first day of your Medicare eligibility month. Enrolling in a Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan is easy and takes little time. : : Click here if you already know which Medicare Part D plan you want : : Click here to search for a Medicare Part D plan : : Click here to search for a Medicare Advantage plan The good news about enrollment is that you always pay the same amount for a Medicare D plan or Medicare Advantage plan, no matter where or how you enroll. As an expanded feature, we now provide enrollment options for all 2015 Medicare Part D plans and Medicare Advantage plans across the country. If you wish, you can also enroll directly with Medicare (1-800-Medicare) or with an insurance agent or the Medicare plan provider. No matter how you enroll in to a Medicare plan, the enrollment result should always be the same and in 7 to 10 business days you should receive your Medicare Part D new Member information. Once enrolled into a Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan, you can contact the plan’s Member Services department with any questions or concerns. The toll-free number will be on the back of your Member ID card. Please note that the Medicare Advantage Dis-Enrollment Period (MADP) for Medicare Advantage Plans begins January 1st and continues through February 14th — during the MADP members of Medicare Advantage plans can switch back to original Medicare and join a stand-alone Medicare Part D drug plan. Please also note that you may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) allowing you to change Medicare plans outside of the AEP. Click here to read more about Special Enrollment Periods.