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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

GO TO:
www.medicare.gov

OR CALL:
1-800-MEDICARE
(1-800-633-4227)

OR CALL:
YOUR LOCAL STATE HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING PROGRAM (“SHIP”) - Click here for your local SHIP telephone number

Part D Booklet  download (365 kb PDF)

   

The New Federal Drug Benefit: Medicare Part D

A Message from the Attorney General
Many Maryland seniors and persons with disabilities are eligible to receive a new prescription drug benefit under Medicare Part D. Most of you will not get this benefit automatically, and many of you who already have prescription drug coverage will choose to stay with your current plan. To participate in Medicare Part D, though, you must sign up for one of the plans which will be offered in Maryland.

Companies offering benefits under this program will be marketing their plans. You will get phone calls and mailings from sales people trying to convince you that their company's plan is the best one for you.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL. Medicare Part D is a complex program. In order to make the most of it, you need to be an informed consumer. You must:

1) know that you have choices;
2) learn about the differences in the various plans;
3) sign up only after you are sure your choice is the best one
for you.

On this section of my website, I am providing general information to help you understand the basics of this process and to point you in the right direction to get additional help you will need.

DO'S AND DON'TS
DO shop around and compare the plans to choose from in Maryland. Plans will cover different drugs, use different pharmacies, and have different premiums, deductibles, and co-payments. DON'T necessarily enroll in the first or second plan that comes along.
DO provide your Medicare number and other information needed when you are ready to enroll, but ONLY when YOU initiate the enrollment process by telephone, Internet, or mail. DON'T give out your Social Security, Medicare, credit cards or bank account numbers to someone who calls or contacts you.
DO make the plan send you a bill after you enroll. DON'T provide payment in any form over the phone or Internet.
DO use the resources listed above on the left and elsewhere on this website to get your questions answered. DON'T stay confused without getting help.
DO be sure that the company you choose is legitimate before you enroll or give out any sensitive personal information by checking its name, address, telephone number or website at: www.medicare.gov or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE. DON'T let yourself be scammed.

 

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