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Medicare Part D

The Medicare prescription drug coverage, sometimes called Medicare Part D, offers various types of prescription coverage. All people with Medicare are eligible to enroll in a drug plan. You must choose from among several different prescription drug plans so that you have the coverage that suits your needs the best.

Anyone who has Medicare Parts A and/or B can apply for Medicare's prescription drug coverage.

To receive drug coverage, Medicare beneficiaries MUST enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan.

New beneficiaries can enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan three months before, the month of, and three months after they first become eligible for Medicare. Existing Medicare beneficiaries can join a plan (or switch plans) between November 15th and December 31st (goes into effect January 1st).

Because there are added costs to enroll in the new Medicare prescription program, Extra Help provides financial assistance to help pay for the plans costs for people who qualify.

You can apply for Extra Help on the web or contact the Social Security Administration toll-free at 1.800.772.1213 to request a paper application.

For more information about Medicare prescription drug coverage--

Use this link for more information on Medicare Part D, or

call the Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) toll-free in Illinois at 1.800.548.9034. Help from SHIP is offered statewide to Medicare consumers of all ages. SHIP is not affiliated with any insurance company and volunteer counselors do not sell or solicit any type of insurance.

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