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Senior Wellness

Medicare Part D

Get the facts you need to know about the recent changes to Medicare.
Questions? Call the Giant Eagle Medicare Part D help line at 1-844-259-1892.

Why should I join a Medicare Part D Plan?
A Medicare Prescription Drug Plan is an option, not a requirement. You do not have to enroll in Medicare Part D. However, you may want to consider joining a plan even if you do not take many prescription drugs currently, so that you have the coverage you need in the future.

When can I join a Medicare Part D Plan?
The Annual Enrollment Period is October 15 through December 7, 2014. Coverage begins January 1, 2015.

What do Medicare Part D Plans cover?
Each Medicare Prescription Drug Plan has its own list of covered drugs, called a formulary. Drug plans place medications into different “tiers.” A medication in a lower tier will generally cost you less than one in a higher tier. These plans cover outpatient prescription drugs only, and in order to enroll, you must have either Medicare Part A or Part B (or both).

At Giant Eagle, we could help you on prescription copays — as low as $0 on select Medicare Part D plans.

Evaluating Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Options:

Prescription Drug Plan (Part D)

  • Covers only outpatient prescription drugs.
  • To enroll, you must have either Medicare Part A or Part B (or both).
  • Medicare Part D premiums are in addition to your Part A (if any) and/or Part B premiums.

Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) – similar to an HMO or PPO

  • There are two types:
    1. Medicare Advantage with prescription drug coverage (MA-PD)
    2. Medicare Advantage without prescription drug coverage (MA)
  • This type of plan combines your Part A (hospitalization) and Part B (doctor visits), usually with benefits like vision or dental. If you have a MA-PD plan, you can also get prescription drug coverage.
  • You will need to ensure that your medications, pharmacies, doctors and hospitals are included in the plan.
  • To enroll, you must have both Medicare Part A and Part B.
How Giant Eagle Pharmacy Can Help you Save:

Giant Eagle Pharmacy accepts most Medicare Part D plans, but choosing a plan that includes Giant Eagle Pharmacy as a preferred network pharmacy may help you save with prescription copays as low as $0 on select plans.

Giant Eagle Pharmacy has a preferred relationship with the following health plans:

anthem silverscript
coventry aetna envision

For assistance with choosing the option that’s right for you, call the Giant Eagle Medicare Part D Help Line at 1-844-259-1892.

Source: Medicare.gov