Am I eligible for Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage?

You are eligible to enroll in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan if you are entitled to Medicare Part A and/or enrolled in Part B.


In addition, you must be:

  • Age 65 or older
  • Under age 65 with qualifying disabilities 1, or
  • Have been diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring a kidney transplant or dialysis, also written as ESRD).


You may choose a stand-alone Medicare prescription drug plan or prescription drug coverage offered with a Medicare Advantage plan, but you may only be enrolled in one Medicare prescription drug plan at a time. Those who have Medicare prescription drug coverage eligibility must enroll in a plan during a proper Enrollment period.


Return to the Medicare FAQ section to view more answers to other commonly asked questions about Medicare prescription drug coverage.

1During the 7-month period that starts 3 months before your 25th month of getting Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board disability benefits and ends 3 months after your 25th month of getting disability benefits. Your coverage will begin the first day of the month after you ask to join a plan. If you join during one of the 3 months before you first get Medicare, your coverage will begin the first day of your 25th month of entitlement to disability payments.