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The ABCs of Medicare -- Part D

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Dr. Ernest Levister, Jr.
With age often comes more medication, which can get expensive.

Fortunately, Medicare Part D covers generic and brand name prescription drugs at participating pharmacies.

Even if you get your prescriptions from a retailer like Wal-Mart, Walgreens or a mail order company that offers bargain pricing, be sure to tell them you have Medicare Part D.

You can sign up for the program when you first become eligible for Medicare. If you didn’t join then, your next opportunity to join will be from November 15, 2009 to December 31, 2009.

The exact type of prescription coverage you need depends on which healthcare coverage you have. That’s why the National Council on Aging created a website (mymedicarematters.org) to help you learn about choosing a Medicare Part D plan and how to make the most of Medicare’s other benefits.

Check out your coverage and changes to Medicare deductible, coinsurance and cost sharing amounts online at Medicare.gov.  Not sure exactly what your prescription medicine benefits are?

Check out your current plan coverage at one of the many sites on aging such as AARP.org.

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