How to Choose a Medicare Part D Plan

What to Look for When Comparing Plans

To learn how to choose a Part D plan, you should consider a few factors.

  • How often you use prescription drugs
  • The types of drugs you take (generic or brand name)
  • Whether you prefer Medicare Part D drug plans with a yearly deductible and a lower monthly premium, or a $01 deductible plan with a higher monthly premium
  • How copays and coinsurance amounts differ within each of the four Part D coverage stages
  • Out-of-pocket copays and coinsurance amounts that go into effect should you enter the Coverage Gap (Donut Hole)
1Alaska Choice Plan has a $360 deductible and Stage 2 copays/coinsurance of $2/17%/37%/25% (Tiers 1-5).