Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan Information for People Receiving CSB Services

The annual Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans is October 15 – December 7, 2013. This is a very important health care decision for you. Please check your incoming mail from the U.S. Postal Service. Be on the lookout for letters from Medicare, your current Prescription Drug Plan and Social Security.

As of today, there will be 30 Prescription Drug Plans available for 2014. 

Changes to the plans include:

  • the discontinuation of two 2013 plans;
  • a premium increase of the majority of plans; and
  • a change in formularies of the Medicare Part D Plans.

This means that drugs that were covered in 2013 might not be covered in 2014. Plans may have changed restrictions to drugs on their formularies such as quantity limits, required prior authorizations from your doctor, and step therapy.

During this Open Season you can choose to stay with your current Prescription Plan or change to a different plan. You should consider the following:

  • Coverage:  Are the prescriptions you need covered by your Plan? If you entered the "donut hole" (coverage gap) this year, you need to look carefully at your drug coverage.
  • Cost:  How much is the monthly premium? Is there an annual deductible?
  • Convenience:  Is the plan available at the pharmacy you usually use?

Please note if you earn less than $17,235 per year, you can receive financial help, called Extra Help, to pay for monthly premiums for your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, your annual deductible and co-pays for prescriptions. You can apply for Extra Help from the Social Security Administration.   

The following resources are available to help you with your review of your Prescription Drug Plan or applying for Extra Help:

  1. Call 1-800-MEDICARE to evaluate your current plan or enroll in a new plan.
  2. Meet with our FAST Team staff Managed Care Resource Specialists at the CSB location where you receive services. See the schedule and call one of the numbers listed to make an appointment.
  3. Print and complete the Personal Information Worksheet. Please bring your Medicare Card and the completed Personal Information Worksheet to your scheduled appointment.


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