Need a Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, but don’t know where to start? The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently redesigned their Medicare Plan Finder tool to make shopping for a Medicare Part D Plan as simple as possible.
You can log in to your Medicare account for a more personalized experience, or if you’re new to the Medicare market you can follow these easy steps to get started:
- Select the type of Medicare coverage you are looking for
If you are looking only for Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans, you will select “Drug plan (Part D)” and enter your zip code to view only plans that are available in your service area. You can also explore Medicare Advantage Plans and Medigap policies.
If you receive Medicare cost assistance from Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare Savings Program, or Extra Help from Social Security, you’ll want to select the applicable program before moving forward. If you do not receive Medicare cost assistance you will select “I don’t get help from any of these programs.” If you are unsure, Medicare may be able to help you find out if you create an account.
2. Check your drug costs
Adding your drug information to your search can be beneficial when comparing plans. If you currently take medication you’ll want to ensure you add the drug by either the brand-name or generic name – whichever you take. You will then want to make sure you select the correct dosage, quantity, and frequency the medication is filled. It is important to inout this information as accurately as possible to get the most accurate plan details.
You can also choose how you typically have your prescriptions filled – retail pharmacy (Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, local pharmacy, etc.) and/or mail order pharmacy. You will then be able to select your preferred pharmacy or compare pharmacies you are considering using. Not all plans will be in-network and plan pricing may vary by pharmacy. You can compare up to 3 pharmacies at once.
3. Compare Available Prescription Drug Plans
Now you will be able to see all plans that are available in your service area and at the pharmacies you selected. You can filter the results to show plans that are accepted across the U.S. (important for travelers), and by plan star ratings and insurance carrier. You also have the option to sort the available plans by lowest monthly premium, lowest yearly drug deductible, or by lowest drug and premium cost.
Each plan will display the insurance carrier, plan name, plan ID, star rating, monthly premium, drug deductible, pharmacy estimated total drug and premium cost on the overview page.
To view a full plan profile you can select “Plan Details” for the plan you are interested in. Here you will find the drug costs for different drug tiers during the initial coverage phase, gap coverage phase, and catastrophic phase. You will also be able to see the costs for the specific medications you entered into the Plan Finder, as well as any prior authorization, step therapy, or quantity limits required by the plan. Contact information is also available here.
Like with pharmacies, you can compare up to 3 plans at once by selecting “Add to compare.” This option will allow you to compare multiple plans, along with your previously selected pharmacies, side by side.
The Medicare Plan Finder has made comparing Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans easier to compare than ever, but the information can be still confusing. If you’re still feeling uneasy about which plan is best for you, Plan Advisors can help! Our advisors are knowledgeable of your local Medicare market and can provide comprehensive resources and advice so you’re confident in your plan choice.