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Generate a custom online report that compares prescription drug plans in your area, including premiums, co-pays and deductibles. 2, 3

Save even More on Medicare Part D. As low as $0 copays on select plans.(1)
Now is the time to review your prescription drug plan. Medicare's Open Enrollment Period is October 15 - December 7. Walgreens can help make sure you have the right prescription drug plan to help you save even more on prescription copays. 1
You can also save time and refill prescriptions online, get refill reminders, track immunizations, and more. Transfer prescriptions online or stop by Walgreens today.
Review and Compare Medicare Part D Plans

Review and compare Medicare prescription drug plans

We'll walk you through what you need to know. Learn about the Open Enrollment Period, preferred/network pharmacies, insurance plan providers, and how to enroll.2 Choose Walgreens as your preferred pharmacy and save.

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New to Medicare?

Medicare is health insurance for most people 65 and older or people with disabilities. It's broken down into four different "parts": A, B, C (Medicare Advantage) and D.

New to Medicare?

Medicare A-D Coverage at a Glance

A Quick Summary of the four different parts of Medicare. Each part covers:

Part
A

Hospital care

Hospice

At-home nursing

Skilled nursing facility care

Part
B

Doctor's office visits

Preventative care services

Medical items
(diabetes testing supplies, home medical equipment, nebulizers)

Mental health services

Part
C

All Part A & B (except
hospice)

Vision, dental, and hearing*

Non-medically
necessary services*

Medical savings
account plans*

Part
D

Prescriptions

Prescriptions

* Specific coverage available only under some plans. Source: http://www.medicare.gov/what-medicare-covers/index.html

A Detailed Look at Medicare A-D

When you sign up for Medicare you automatically get Part A, which covers hospital care. If you need one of the following, add them separately during enrollment:

  • Part B covers inpatient/outpatient doctor visits, many preventive care services, and medical items such as diabetes testing supplies (covered at Walgreens4).
  • Part C is also referred to as Medicare Advantage (MA). Private insurance companies offer MA plans that cover the same services as Parts A and B, plus some plans offer additional benefits. MA plans that offer prescription drug coverage are referred to as MA-PD plans.
  • Part D is prescription drug coverage provided by private insurance plans. You should carefully consider enrolling in a Part D plan if you're 65 or older (or have a Medicare-qualified disability), and know you'll have at least one medical prescription going forward.

Premiums

You pay a monthly premium for your prescription drug plan. Sign up when you first qualify to avoid paying higher premiums in the future.

Copays

You pay a copay on items like prescriptions and doctor's office visits. The amount of your copay for prescriptions depends on your insurance plan terms, your pharmacy and whether you choose generic or name-brand prescriptions.

Deductibles

A drug plan deductible is the amount you must pay each year for your prescriptions before your Medicare prescription drug plan begins to pay its share of your covered drugs. Deductibles vary by Medicare drug plan.

Medicare's Open Enrollment Period runs from October 15-December 7. During this time, you may enroll for the first time or change your Part D prescription drug plan for the following calendar year. You can also use Open Enrollment to switch between Part D prescription drug plans, switch between a Part D prescription drug plan and a Medicare Advantage Part D plan (MA-PD), or switch between Medicare Advantage plans.

Plan details, your healthcare needs and your prescriptions can change — so evaluate your Part D plan each year.

Get a FREE online Medicare drug plan comparison report. Get your report.

Walgreens can help you enroll in Medicare

If you're turning 65, you can enroll anytime three months before your birthday month and three months after your birthday month. Walgreens can help you compare major Medicare Part D plans in your area—including monthly premiums, co-pays and deductibles. 2,3

Get a FREE online Medicare drug plan comparison report. Get your report.

Or meet with your local Walgreens pharmacist for a free Prescription Drug Plan Review. Stop in and discuss what plan best fits you and how you can save money. We offer $0 copays on select Part D plans and greater pharmacy access with a preferred plan partner.1

Get informed before your birthday

When you turn 65, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sends you coverage information you'll need to get started. Typically, you have 3 months before and after your birthday month to choose a Part D plan. If you don't enroll when first eligible, you will pay a 1% penalty per month—up to 12% each year.

So if you think you might need Medicare Part D later, you'll save by choosing a plan now.

Convenient services at your neighborhood Walgreens

In addition to knowing your prescription history, your pharmacist can also talk to you about Walgreens services to help you stay well including:

  • Vaccinations
  • Health tests
  • Comprehensive medication reviews

The Medicare Part D funding gap—commonly known as the "donut hole"—will close in 2020. Until then, you'll see improved benefits to help pay for your prescription medications.

In 2015, the price discount is 35% on generics and 55% on brand-name prescription drugs.

Learn more about the Part D Donut Hole ›

If you currently have Medicare coverage, there's no need to do anything with the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Your coverage is already secured, and in some ways, has improved:

  • As a part of the ACA, Medicare covers certain preventive services, like mammograms or colonoscopies, without charging you for the Part B coinsurance or deductible. You also can get a free yearly "Wellness" visit.
  • If you're in the "donut hole" (see above), you'll also get a 50% discount when buying Part D-covered brand-name prescription drugs.
  • ACA supports care coordination with your doctor, which means more resources to ensure consistent treatments.

1 Applies to Tier 1 generics.

2 Information provided by Walgreens is not a substitute for your own research concerning your health care, including Medicare prescription drug plans.

3 Plans are insured or covered by a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract and/or a Medicare-approved Part D sponsor. Enrollment in the plan depends on the plans contract renewal with Medicare. The benefit information provided is a brief summary, not a complete description of benefits. For more information, contact the plan. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply. (Benefits, formulary, pharmacy network, provider network, premium and/or co-payments/co-insurance) may change on January 1 of each year. You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium.

4 Walgreens is an accredited Medicare Part B supplier of diabetes testing supplies.

5 Vaccine subject to availability. State-, age- and health-related restrictions may apply.