Never Too Late - November 2022

Medicare Corner 2022 Medicare Open Enrollment Events


Woods Memorial Library 3455 N 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719 Joyner – Green Valley Library 601 N La Cañada Dr, Green Valley, AZ 85614 Oro Valley Library 1305 W Naranja Dr, Oro Valley, AZ 85737

November 12, 2022


10:30am – 12:30pm

December 1, 2022


10:30am – 12:30pm

December 3, 2022


10am – 12:30pm

This project was supported in part by grant number 90MPPG0022, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy 3. Are my pharmacies preferred and in-network? You will pay less at preferred in-network pharmacies. 4. What is the plan’s star rating? Medicare uses a star rating system to measure how well plans perform in different categories, like quality of care and customer service. Plan Finder includes plans’ star ratings. While comparing plans, it may be helpful to know that starting in 2023 all Part D plans will cover vaccines with zero cost-sharing and will cap monthly insulin cost-sharing at $35, due to the Inflation Reduction Act. Changing Part D Plans Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit, is the part of Medicare that covers most outpatient prescription drugs. Part D is offered through private companies either as a stand-alone prescription drug plan for those enrolled in Original Medicare, or as a set of benefits included with your Medicare Advantage Plan. Sometimes a Part D plan’s premium increases or the plan does not cover your new medication. Today we’ll discuss how you can choose and enroll in a new Part D plan. Choose a Part D plan that meets your health care needs. Before you start looking at plans, make sure you know the prescriptions you take, the dosages of each, and the pharmacies you usually use. To compare different plans available to you, you can use Medicare’s Plan Finder tool at compare . For assistance comparing plans, you can call 1-800-MEDICARE or your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program, also called SHIP. When choosing a Part D plan, make sure to ask the following questions: 1. Does this plan cover my drugs? You should also find out if there are any restrictions on your covered drugs, such as prior authorization, step therapy, or quantity limits. 2. What are the costs associated with this plan? Plan Finder provides an estimated out-of-pocket cost for the year for each plan, based on your medications and dosages.

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