MHI – Medicare Blog

Q: What happens if my doctor prescribes a drug not on my plan’s formulary?

Monday, December 2, 2019

A: You might want to ask your doctor to prescribe another medication if the one he or she prescribes is not on your drug plan’s formulary. 


Should I check my Medicare Supplement during the Open Enrollment Period?

Monday, November 25, 2019

A: It is not necessary to check your supplement plan during the October 15 – December 7 Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP).


Q: Are there some drugs that Medicare Part D does not cover?

Monday, November 18, 2019

A: Part D plans don’t cover medications covered by Part A or Part B. You must have a prescription for the drug; over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are not covered.


Q: Are there some drugs that Medicare Part D does not cover?

Monday, November 4, 2019

A: Part D plans don’t cover medications covered by Part A or Part B. You must have a prescription for the drug; over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are not covered.


Q: What happens if I take no action between October 15 and December 7?

Monday, October 28, 2019

A: The Medicare Open Enrollment Period takes place every fall between October 15 and December 7. 


Q: Do Part D plans cover Cancer drugs?

Monday, October 21, 2019

A: Cancer drugs may be covered by Medicare Part A, Part B or Part D depending on where you receive them and how they are administered.


Q: How hard is it to use the Plan Finder tool to compare the cost of drug plans?

Monday, October 14, 2019

A: You won’t find the drug plan comparison process difficult if you are comfortable using a laptop or a computer


Q: Why should I do a Part D plan comparison every year?

Monday, October 7, 2019

A: Part D plans have an opportunity to change the drugs they cover as well as their premiums, deductibles and copay amounts every year. 


Q: How Can I Find Out If Medicare Considers Me A Higher Income Beneficiary?

Monday, September 30, 2019

A: You do know why that’s important, right? Everyone doesn’t pay the same Part B premium. If you make more than $85,000 (or $170,000 if you are married and filing jointly), you will pay more, sometimes much more, than the standard $134/month Part B premium.


Medicare Myth: My Medicare card will come automatically in the mail. All I need to do is wait for it.

Monday, September 16, 2019

You might be waiting for an awfully long time. Some people will automatically receive their Medicare card in the mail. The rest of us will actually have to take some action to get our Medicare cards.


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