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When turning the age of 65 or retiring there is a good chance you will be enrolling into the Medicare program Parts A & B. You will also be given the choice to enroll in the Part D prescription drug program for Medicare. If you choose not to enroll in the Medicare drug coverage when you’re first eligible, you will probably be on the hook for a late enrollment penalty.
Late Medicare Enrollment Can Result in a Penalty
The penalty is 1% for every month you chose not to enroll. For example, if you decide to enroll in a Part D plan five-years after you are first eligible, you will receive 60% late enrollment penalty for life.
There are a couple of ways you will not be charged a penalty. The number one way is if you have other creditable prescription drug coverage that is equal to Medicare’s coverage, for instance an employer plan. The other way is if you are receiving extra help because of your financial standing.
You Might Qualify for Additional Coverage – Medicare Prescription Plan
If you meet certain income and resource limits, you may qualify for Extra Help from Medicare to pay the costs of Medicare prescription drug coverage. You will automatically qualify for Extra Help if you have Medicare and qualify for full Medicaid benefits. You may also qualify if the state is paying your Part B premiums.
To get Medicare drug coverage, you need to join a plan administered by an insurance company or approved by Medicare. Each plan is different and can vary in cost and drugs covered, for example, the deductible or the cost sharing you pay. Another example is the premium each plan charges monthly to have the coverage.
A huge choice in joining a plan are the differences relating to the formularies on each plan. Some plans depending on the types and names of the prescriptions charge more while others cost considerably less. You could also pay more, or less on the monthly premium depending on which zip code you live in. All in all, each zip code gives you are large variety of plans to choose from, and each plan must adhere to Medicare’s rules and outline of coverage.
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