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Does Medicare cover prescription drugs?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Medicare Part D provides optional prescription drug coverage.

If you select the Original Medicare plan, you can opt for the Medicare prescription drug coverage when you enroll.

However, if you chose a Medicare Advantage plan instead, certain plans include prescription drug coverage. 

While you can sign up for the drug plan after your initial enrollment, if you don’t sign up for the drug plan once you’re eligible, you may incur a penalty and higher premium later.

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