Medicare Part D

What is the Cost of Medicare Part D?

Part D costs are dependent on the plan provider. Payments are connected to the tier or formulary attached to the plan you choose. A formulary is a list of prescription drugs that are grouped into certain categories, or tiers.

These tiers are:

  • Tier 1: Low Copayment, Covers Preferred Generic Prescription Drugs
  • Tier 2: Slightly Higher Copayment, Covers Generic Drugs
  • Tier 3: Higher Copayment, Covers Preferred, Brand Name Drugs
  • Tier 4: A Bit Higher Copayment, Covers Non-Preferred Drugs
  • Tier 5: Highest Copayment, Covers Specialty Drugs

You will find the drug coverage you need within these formularies. If you need a drug that is not covered by your plan/formulary, speak with your doctor and insurance provider to see if there are any exceptions. 

What Are Important Medicare Part D Terms?

When searching for the right formulary and plan provider, you will be faced with many likely unfamiliar terms. To give you a better understanding, here is a list of some of these terms:

  • Part B vs. Part D Prior Authorization Required (B/D): This drug may already be covered by your Part B plan.
  • Prior Authorization (PA): This drug requires your doctor’s approval before it is covered by your Part D plan.
  • Step-Therapy (ST): If your condition is treatable by two different prescriptions, you may be required to test one possible drug before the other drug is covered.
  • Dispensing Limit (DL): This means that your plan will not allow for more than a 31-days supply of this drug.
  • Limited Access (LA): This drug is only available at certain pharmacies. Speak with your doctor to find out if this drug is available in your area.
  • Retail Only (RO): This prescription is only allowed to be filled in-person at a pharmacy.
  • Retail and Mail (RM): This prescription may be filled at a retail pharmacy or through the mail.
  • Specialty Pharmacy Only (SP): This prescription must be filled out at a specialty pharmacy. Speak with your doctor to find such a pharmacy in your area.

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