Basic Information about Prescription Drug Coverage

prescription bottles on top of cashEveryone with Medicare, regardless of income, health status, or prescription drug usage, will have access to prescription drug coverage beginning on January 1, 2006.


Basic information about Medicare prescription drug coverage,
what it is, who can get it, when you can get it, how can you get it and why you
should get it.

Things to

Information about how to look at the cost, coverage, convenience
and peace of mind of Medicare drug coverage when selecting a plan that meets
your needs.


To help you get started thinking about Medicare drug coverage,
find the situation that describes you and find out what you need to do.

<!—Cost Estimator
A quick tool to give you a sense of the savings you can get by joining a Medicare prescription drug plan.


of Local Plans

Lists by state of Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and
Medicare Advantage Plans and other Health Plans with prescription drug coverage
by state including information on cost, coverage and convenience.

Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

An interactive tool that allows you to narrow your search for a
Medicare prescription drug plan based on your personal preferences such as cost,
coverage and convenience.

Prescription Drug Plan Finder – Online Demo

This Flash movie demo walks
you through the new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder.

(Drug) Finder

Lets you enter the drugs you use to find out which plans in
an area have formularies that cover these drugs.


Allows you to join the Medicare drug plan you’ve selected.

print or order Medicare publications.

Other Resources

Information and
tools for people and organizations assisting those with Medicare who are
considering Medicare prescription drug coverage.

Press Releases
links to the full Medicare & Medicaid release database. To find news
releases about the prescription drug plan enter “prescription plan” in search

Additional Medicare Drug
Plan Details

Download lists of all National plans, all Stand-alone
Prescription Drug Plans, and all Medicare Advantage and Other Health Plans, and
2006 Limited Income Premium Subsidy Amounts for Stand-alone Prescription Drug

Important Dates

Jan. 1, 2006
Coverage begins for people who have joined by Dec. 31,
May 15, 2006
Last day to join a plan offering coverage for
Nov. 15 – Dec. 31, 2006
Next opportunity to enroll