Medicare D and C open enrollment began October 15 and will end on December 7, with the new plan taking effect January 1, 2015.

Medicare D offers prescription drug coverage to everyone with Medicare. Medicare C is available if a resident has a managed care Medicare program. If you don’t join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan when you first become eligible, and you don’t have other creditable prescription drug coverage, you’ll likely pay a late enrollment penalty.

To get Medicare drug coverage, you must join a plan offered by an insurance company or other private company approved by Medicare. Each plan can vary in cost and medications covered. Click here for details and directions to join a plan.

There are two main options for Medicare prescription drug coverage:

  1. Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) – These plans add drug coverage to Original Medicare, some Medicare Cost Plans, some Medicare Private Fee-for-Service (PFFS) Plans and Medicare Medical Savings Account (MSA) Plans.
  2. Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C) – Medicare Advantage Plans with prescription drug coverage are often called “MA-PDs.” You must have Part A and Part B to join a Medicare Advantage Plan.

For questions regarding your Medicare D or C plan, please contact the business office at the Georgetown location at 1-866-507-1763 or the Charlotte location at 1-888-611-0844.