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Senior Wellness

Medicare Part D

Get the facts you need to know about the recent changes to Medicare.

Questions? We can help! Giant Eagle has partnered with Medicareful who can help you find your Medicare plan or assist you in registering for a Welcome to Medicare Seminar near you.


Medicareful can help you answer these questions:

  • Are my doctors and prescriptions covered?
  • Which Medicare plan meets my needs?
  • What are the costs and benefits?
  • How do I enroll?
Frequently Asked Questions:

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, 2015. Coverage begins January 1, 2016.

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).

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)
  • These type of plans 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:

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

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  Cigna   coventry   aetna   envision


For assistance with choosing the option that’s right for you, call the Medicareful Help Line at 1-800-492-3599.