Who is eligible for Medicare Part D?

Key Dates for Medicare Annual Enrollment Period

Plan information available:

October 1

Enrollment begins:

October 15

Enrollment ends:

December 7

Note: The late enrollment penalty is 1% of the national average premium for every month you were without Part D prescription drug coverage or other creditable prescription drug coverage following your initial enrollment period, or if you had a break in creditable prescription drug coverage of 63 or more consecutive days. Creditable prescription drug coverage (for example, from an employer or union) means that it is expected to pay, on average, as much as Medicare’s standard prescription drug coverage. You will pay this late enrollment penalty for as long as you have Part D coverage.

Medicare Part D prescription drug plans (PDP) provide prescription drug coverage to any U.S. citizen permanently residing in the plan’s service area who is 65 and older, entitled to Medicare Part A and/or enrolled in Medicare Part B.  Additionally, people younger than 65 who qualify for Medicare due to certain disabilities are also eligible for Medicare Part D. You can learn about available Medicare Part D plans starting October 1. The Annual Enrollment Period begins on October 15, and ends on December 7.

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Posted on: August 1, 2014
Vice President of Medicare Solutions

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