Medicare Part D plans are offered by private insurance companies and can help cover the costs of your prescriptions at the pharmacy.
You can buy a Medicare Part D plan in the form of a stand-alone drug plan, or it can be included in a Medicare Advantage plan.
There are 22 stand-alone Part D plans available in Washington State.
The base Part D premium in 2019 is: $33.19
There are 26 stand-alone drug plans available in Washington State. For help finding the right Part D plan for your prescriptions, call (509) 670-2566. Appointments are at no-cost to you.
Part D Terms to Know:
Deductible: the amount you pay before your insurance begins paying
In 2019, the maximum Part D deductible is $415
Formulary: list of prescriptions covered by the insurance company
Prior Authorization: some plans will require approval for certain prescriptions. A prior authorization form is typically submitted by your doctor requesting approval for the prescription.
Step-therapy: Step therapy is a form of prior authorization where the insurance company may ask you to try a less expensive version before they cover the drug.
Quantity Limits: Part D plans may limit the amount of a prescription you can get at one time.
Penalty: Although you are not required to purchase a Part D prescription drug plan, you should be aware of the Part D penalty. If you choose to not buy a Part D prescription drug plan when you first become eligible for Medicare (and don’t have other creditable prescription coverage), you will accrue a penalty of 1% per month of the average Part D cost ($33.19 in 2019).