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Medicare Part D

What Is Covered?

Most Medicare drug plans and Medicare Advantage plans with prescription drug coverage have their own list of drugs that they cover in what is called a drug “formulary.” The governing rule of what these plans cover is that they must cover a large range of prescription drugs that people with Medicare take including most drugs in protected classes like drugs to treat cancer and HIV/AIDS. These drug plans include both brand name prescription drugs and generic drugs and each formula will include at least two drugs that are in the most prescribed categories to ensure that people with different medical conditions or special conditions can get the prescription drugs they need. As a rule, all Medicare drug plans generally must have at least two drugs per drug category.

Drugs on the formulary are differentiated buy tiers. These tiers have different costs for the drugs that fall under each category. A drug on one tier may be lesser or more expensive than a drug on another tier.

A Medicare drug plan can make changes to the drugs that they offer during the year if it follows Medicare guidelines. These changes can come about because of factors such as therapy changes, new drugs are released, or new medical information.

If the drug plan makes a change involving any drugs that you are currently taking, the drug plan must give you sufficient notification and provide you with a cushion to ensure you are never without your medication. As such, they must do the following:

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They must give you written notice at least 30 days before the date the change becomes effective.

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Get Medicare hearing benefits at no extra cost with a Medicare Advantage plan. Contact our Medicare helpline to see if you have a qualifying enrollment period. Benefits include medicare hearing aids and medicare annual hearing exam.

Part D drug plans must cover a large range of prescription drugs that people with Medicare take including most drugs in protected classes.

Get Medicare hearing benefits at no extra cost with a Medicare Advantage plan. Contact our Medicare helpline to see if you have a qualifying enrollment period. Benefits include medicare hearing aids and medicare annual hearing exam.

They must provide notification when you place a refill request. In addition, they must provide you with at least a month supply under the same plan rules.

The result of a change may require you to either change the drug that you are currently taking or pay more for it. If these options are not feasible, you can also ask for a formulary exception. A formulary exception is completed by your doctor. It is a request to the plan to continue to provide your drugs because of medical necessity if they are no longer on the plan’s formulary.