Guide to Medicare Part D: If I Have Medicaid and Medicare, Do I Need Part D coverage?

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This page is part of our Guide to Medicare Part D.

If Medicaid pays for your drugs and you have Medicare, your prescription drug coverage changed on January 1, 2006. At that time, your Medicaid drug coverage ended. Medicare Part D will replace your current Medicaid prescription drug coverage.

IMPORTANT: Medicare is automatically assigning you to one of the Part D drug plans offered in Kentucky. You should have received a letter telling you the name of your prescription drug insurance provider and their toll-free number. You should call the insurance plan or check with your pharmacist to see if the plan covers your medications.

CAUTION: This Plan may not be the best Part D plan for you! The Plan may not cover the drugs that you are taking. You should contact the plan or talk to your pharmacist to see if your drugs are covered by the plan. If you drugs are not covered by the plan you should complete a personalized plan search to see if there is another plan you can choose that will cover your prescriptions. If no plan covers all your drugs, you should talk to your doctor.

You can change plans at any time and your new coverage will start the first day of the next month.

If you also have prescription drug coverage from another source, click here for more information.

Reviewed August 2009

This online guide was adapted with permission from Maine Legal Services for the Elderly. We extend our thanks to them.