Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage for Dummies

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The easy way to make sense of the Medicare Part D program Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage For Dummies helps readers in different circumstances identify their best options under the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. This friendly, easy-to-read guide unravels the complexities of Part D and is an essential tool for consumers making critical decisions about their drug coverage—whether they're new to Medicare or already in the program. It explains how to find the best deal among a bewildering variety of ...

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Overview

The easy way to make sense of the Medicare Part D program Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage For Dummies helps readers in different circumstances identify their best options under the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. This friendly, easy-to-read guide unravels the complexities of Part D and is an essential tool for consumers making critical decisions about their drug coverage—whether they're new to Medicare or already in the program. It explains how to find the best deal among a bewildering variety of choices, how Part D works with other kinds of drug coverage, how to trouble-shoot problems and avoid pitfalls and scams. It is a valuable resource both for people on Medicare and caregivers trying to help them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470276761
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/29/2008
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 364
  • Sales rank: 238,358
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Barry is a senior editor at the AARP Bulletin and a recognized expert on the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. During a long career in journalism, she has authored thousands of articles and two guidebooks on healthcare and social policy. Since 1999, she has specialized in writing about Medicare and prescription drugs.

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Table of Contents

Introduction  1

Part I: The Nuts and Bolts of Medicare

Prescription Drug Coverage  7

Chapter 1: The ABCs (And D) of Medicare 9

Chapter 2: The Rules of the Game: How Part D Works 23

Chapter 3: The Big Question: What Will Part D Cost (And Save) You?31

Chapter 4: Delving into Drug Coverage under Part D 43

Chapter 5: Extra Help: A Better Deal if Your Income Is Low 57

Part II: Deciding Whether to Sign Up for Part D  83

Chapter 6: Taking Other Drug Coverage and Sources into Account85

Chapter 7: Considering Coverage if You Take Few or No Drugs RightNow 105

Chapter 8: Confronting the Late Penalty 113

Part III: Choosing and Enrolling in the Right Part D Plan forYou  123

Chapter 9: The First Cut: Deciding How You Want to Receive YourMedical Benefits 125

Chapter 10: Making a Smart Choice among Medicare Prescription DrugPlans 149

Chapter 11: Buyer Beware: Avoiding Scams and Hard-SellMarketing183

Chapter 12: Signing Up for a Part D Plan for the First Time195

Part IV: You’re In! Navigating Part D from the Inside 205

Chapter 13: You’ve Just Signed Up — What Happens Now-207

Chapter 14: Filling Your Prescriptions 221

Chapter 15: In and Out of the Coverage Gap 233

Chapter 16: Bringing Down Your Drug Costs 249

Chapter 17: Switching to Another Plan 263

Chapter 18: Staying in Long-Term Care (Or Helping Someone Who Is)283

Chapter 19: You Have Rights: How to Holler and (If Necessary)Holler Louder 293

Part V: The Part of Tens  313

Chapter 20: Ten Ways Boomers Can Help Loved Ones with Part D315

Chapter 21: Ten Proposed Changes to Part D You Should Know About321

Part VI: Appendixes  325

Appendix A: Worksheets327

Appendix B: Sources of Help 333

Appendix C: Buying Prescription Drugs Safely from Abroad 345

Index  351

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