What does Medicare Part D cover?

The Medicare Part D program began in 2006 as a way to help people with Medicare pay the high cost of prescription drugs. Medicare Part D is managed by private insurers approved by Medicare such as SilverScript® Insurance Company.

Each Medicare Part D prescription drug plan (or ‘PDP’) has its own list of covered drugs (Part D formulary), which includes brand and generic drugs approved by Medicare. All Medicare Part D plans cover the same categories of drugs, but each plan can choose which specific drugs it will cover within each drug category. Many Medicare prescription drug plans place drugs into different Part D formulary tiers or pricing categories, with the lowest priced drugs included in Tier 1. Generally, the higher the tier, the more the drug will cost.

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