What is the Medicare Prescription Drug Program or Medicare Part D?
This program provides prescription drug coverage for all persons with Medicare Part A and/or Medicare Part B. Coverage may help lower prescription drug costs and help protect against higher costs in the future. The Prescription Drug Program is offered by private plans and participation is voluntary.

You may join a Medicare Part D Plan when you first become eligible for Medicare, during the period that starts three months before the month you turn 65 and ends three months after the month you turn 65. If you get Medicare due to a disability, you can join three months before to three months after your 25th month of cash disability benefits.

You can join, switch, or drop a Medicare Drug Plan from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 of each year, or at any time you qualify for extra help.

You may still apply for extra help to help pay for your monthly premium, deductibles, and co-pays for medication. Call the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213, visit their website, or call the Calvert County Office on Aging for more information or to apply.

The Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program will help pay up to $25 a month toward the cost of the monthly prescription drug premium for persons with annual income under $30,630 for a one-person household and $41,070 for a two-person household. Call this program at 800-551-5995, visit their website, or contact the Calvert County Office on Aging for an application and more information.

Call your prescription drug company to determine what medications are covered to treat your medical needs. You may request an exception from your plan for your medication and you may also appeal their decision.

For more information about the Medicare Prescription Drug Program, contact Medicare at 1-800-633-4227, visit their website, review the Medicare and You handbook, or call the Calvert County Office on Aging Senior Health Insurance Program, 410-535-4606 or 301-855-1170.

Show All Answers

1. What is a senior center?
2. What senior housing is available in Calvert County?
3. When does Social Security come to Calvert Pines Senior Center?
4. Where can I find programming and support for a senior with developmental disabilities who is able to function relatively independently in a senior center?
5. What legal services are available to seniors?
6. What is the Accessible Homes for Seniors Special Loan program?
7. What is the Medicare Prescription Drug Program or Medicare Part D?