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 disabilities1, 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
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.