Medicare FAQ

How much does Medicare Part D cost?

There are four types of costs associated with Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage: premiums, deductibles, copayments, and a coverage gap during which period you must pay the full cost of your medications. People with low incomes may apply for a subsidy from the Social Security Administration to reduce these costs.

Part D premiums range from $10-$100 per month (depending on the plans available in your area and on the partiular plan you choose). The maximum deductible -- the amount you must pay out-of-pocket before Medicare will contribute to your prescription costs -- in 2016 is $360. After you meet the deductible, Medicare will pay roughly 75% of your prescription costs.

After you and your plan together pay a certain amount for covered prescription drugs ($3,310 in 2016), your plan stops paying and you must pay the full cost of the prescription. The plan begins to pay again -- and pays 95% of all further costs -- when total expenditures reach a "catastrophic" level ($4,850 in 2016).

However, you will receive a discount on the cost of your medications while you are in the coverage gap.

For more information, see our article on Medicare Part D basics.

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