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Medicare Part D Basics

In December 2003, Congress passed the Medicare Modernization Act and created Medicare Part D. The Medicare Part D benefit took effect January 2006 and was created to help pay for prescription drugs for people who receive Medicare benefits.


 In order to be eligible for Medicare Part D, you must be eligible for Medicare Part A and/or Medicare Part B. If you currently get your health care covered by Medicare, including those who have some Medicare costs paid through Medicaid, this prescription drug coverage will be a new benefit. If you currently have both Medicare and Medicaid, as of January 1, 2006, you will begin receiving your prescription drugs through Medicare only.


If you would like further detailed information regarding Medicare Part D coverage and benefits, please visit the Medicare website www.Medicare.gov

For information about cost-sharing for low-income beneficiaries, please visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid website

To inquire about low income subsidy status or level, please call Social Security at 1 (800) 772-1213