Prescription Drug Insurance
Everyone who has permanently moved into Québec is required to have prescription drug insurance. The RAMQ Public Prescription Drug Insurance Plan offers coverage. As an alternative, private plans like employee benefit plans or group insurance plans can also provide prescription drug coverage.
Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D)
Private health insurance providers that offer Medicare Prescription Drug Plans will pay your prescription drug costs for prescriptions that are covered.
You may decide to have this protection in addition to:
- Primary Medicare (Part A and Part B)
- Most Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans typically integrate Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) with a Medigap Plan Part D coverage.
How to get prescription drug coverage
The prescription drugs you require may be covered by Medicare drug coverage. Even if you don’t already use prescription medications, you should think about signing up for Medicare drug coverage. Everyone with Medicare is eligible for an optional drug plan. If you opt not to enrol when you first become eligible and you do not receive Extra Help or any other acceptable prescription medication coverage, you will probably incur a late enrollment fee if you eventually enrol in a plan.
You will typically be responsible for paying this fine as long as you have Medicare drug coverage. You must enrol in a drug-coverage plan that has been approved by Medicare in order to receive Medicare medication coverage. The cost and exact medications covered by each plan may differ.
Medicare drug coverage is available in 2 different ways:
- Medicare drug plans. These programmes supplement Original Medicare, select Medicare Cost Plans, private fee-for-service programmes, and Medical Savings Account programmes with prescription medication coverage. To enrol in a separate Medicare medication plan, you must have Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and/or Part B (Medical Insurance).
- A Medicare Health Plan with drug coverage, such as the Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C). These plans provide all of your Part A, Part B, and medication coverage. Remember that not all Medicare Advantage Plans provide medication coverage, and that you must have both Part A and Part B in order to enrol in one.
You must be a citizen of the United States or be legally present in the country in order to enrol in a Medicare drug plan, Medicare Advantage Plan, or any Medicare health plan with drug coverage.
Think about all your options for drug coverage.
Learn how prescription drug coverage interacts with your other drug coverage before you decide. Your employer, union, TRICARE, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Indian Health Service, or a Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) policy, for instance, may all provide drug coverage for you. Compare the prescription coverage offered by Medicare with your existing plan. Because of Medicare’s prescription coverage, your current drug coverage may change, so carefully weigh all of your available options.
Read all the documentation you receive from your insurer or plan provider to see if you have (or are qualified for) other types of prescription coverage. Before you make any adjustments to your current coverage, consult with your benefits administrator, insurer, or plan provider.
Your Medicare Advantage Plan may be affected if you join a Medicare medication plan.
In most cases, if you sign up for a Medicare Advantage Plan, such a plan will provide drug coverage. You can enrol in a separate Medicare drug plan if your specific type of plan either cannot or chooses not to provide medication coverage (such as some Private Fee-for-Service plans or Medical Savings Account plans). You will be re-enrolled in Original Medicare if you enrol in a separate drug plan while enrolled in a Health Maintenance Organization, HMO Point-of-Service plan, or Preferred Provider Organization.
Only in the following situations can you switch to a different Medicare medication plan without losing your current health insurance:
- Cost Plan, Medical Savings Account Plan, and Private Fee-for-Service Plan
- certain Medicare health plans provided by employers
- If you have concerns about what may happen to your current health coverage, speak with your current plan.
Initial Enrollment Period
When you first become eligible, you have a short window of time called the Initial Enrollment Period to sign up for Original Medicare (Part A and/or Part B). You can choose from additional coverage options like a Prescription Drug Coverage (Part D) plan from authorised private insurers after enrolling in Medicare Parts A or B. You can add or modify your coverage during the Open Enrollment Period after this time has passed.
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Your Initial Enrollment Period for Medicare Parts A and B is seven months long when you first become eligible and begins when you meet the requirements for Medicare due to age or an acceptable disability.