Prescription drug insurance for Medicare, known as Medicare Part D, is a separate component of the Medicare program that provides coverage for prescription medications.
Medicare Part D is offered through private insurance companies approved by Medicare. This coverage is optional but highly recommended for regular prescription drug use. Medicare Part D plans vary in terms of the specific medications covered, the cost-sharing arrangements, and the network of pharmacies. With Medicare Part D, individuals pay a monthly premium, an annual deductible (if applicable), and a portion of the medication costs through copayments or coinsurance.
The coverage provided by Medicare Part D helps reduce the out-of-pocket expenses associated with prescription drugs and ensures that beneficiaries have access to the medications they need to maintain their health and well-being.