Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging

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MEDICARE PART D INFORMATION

 
 

 

 

 

 

                                         

 

 

                                                                                  

MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE    

 This information covers the basics of Medicare’s prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D) but it can seem complicated and confusing.  Please feel free to contact our office for further information.  We have staff members who have received extensive training and are ready to answer your questions and assist you. 

Call NWMOAAA at 888-844-5626 or 660-726-3800.   

 MEDICARE PART D
 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

ALL people with Medicare – Part A and/or Part B

DO I HAVE TO ENROLL IN A PLAN?

No, this is a voluntary program.  No one is required to participate.  If you have prescription coverage through a retiree plan, your spouse’s work or other programs AND the coverage is equal to or better than the Medicare Part D coverage, including other requirements, you do not need to pick a plan.  If at a later date, you decide to enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan, you will not be penalized, if you meet the prior coverage requirements.   You may call the Agency office for further information for more specific information that can help you avoid a problem with coverage in the future. 

HOW MUCH IS THE MONTHLY PREMIUM?

Premiums vary.  As with any insurance, it depends upon what coverage you need and want.  If you are on Medicaid, there are plans available that will have no premium – other plan premiums will be reduced.  (You may also be able to get extra help through Social Security to help pay for your plan, if your income and resources--not including your home--meet the guidelines. NWMOAAA has information about this extra help and can answer questions for you.)

IS THERE A DEDUCTIBLE?

It depends on which plan you choose.  Some plans have deductibles and some do not.

HOW MUCH WILL I PAY FOR EACH PRESCRIPTION?

It depends upon which plan you choose and whether all the medicines that you take are on the plan’s formulary.  As with all insurance plans, each one has a list of drugs (formulary) that it covers.  Medicare Part D plans must cover at least two drugs in each drug class; however, each plan also has different co-pays or coinsurance.  Medicaid recipients and those getting extra help will pay less than what the plan normally charges.  The higher-tier plans cover more than lower-tier plans.  You will need to decide which plan meets your own needs the best, and that is why annual comparisons are strongly recommended to make sure you have the best plan for your unique situation.  

 HOW DO I PICK A PLAN?

Many organizations partner in order to help you--Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Missouri RX (MoRx), CLAIM as well as the Area Agency and others.  Your family can also help you check online. 

We advise you to start with the Medicare web site at (www.medicare.gov).  They have a plan comparison tool in which you can list the medications you take to find the plans that best cover your prescriptions, and for the least overall cost.   You must be specific about prescription doses and strength. 

If you are not computer savvy or do not have family or friends to help you, we are here to help.  Call the toll-free number 1.888.844.5626.   We will do the lookup on the Medicare website and help compare the best plans for you; however, it is up to you to choose a plan.  You can call the Agency for contact information and to request an appointment.  

WHEN DO I NEED TO PICK A PLAN?

 Annual enrollment is

October 15 through December 7

for benefits to begin January 1 of the following year.  If you are new to Medicare, call the Agency for Medicare Part D specific enrollment information.

 

MEDICAID PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE

Medicare automatically took over coverage for Medicaid clients who are also on Medicare, so Medicaid no longer pays for most prescription drugs for people who are also covered by Medicare. 

Medicaid clients are also automatically enrolled in a Part D plan, if they do not choose and enroll themselves.  If the drug plan does not adequately cover their drugs, a Medicaid client can change plans as often as once per month, if necessary.  This group, and residents of long term care facilities are allowed to change plans outside of the annual enrollment period. 

Mo Rx

Mo Rx helps pay deductibles, co-pays, etc.   It does not pay any of your premium.  Enrollment is currently available to new clients, and once you have joined, you do not need to do so again.  Eligibility is based upon your income; the value of assets is not included.   Income limits change from time to time, so you can contact the Agency for the current guidelines. 

OTHER PRESCRIPTION DRUG COVERAGE

There are other ways to get help with your prescription drugs.  Patient Assistance programs and other charitable sources are available.  Contact our office for more information or ask your pharmacist if more information is available in your area. 

Access to Benefits Coalition  - online service for Medicare beneficiaries with lower income.  Click HERE to access it.  (This opens into a website outside NWMOAAA.)

Serving older adults and their caregivers in Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Putnam, Sullivan and Worth Counties in Northwest Missouri

                          

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