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Medicare Prescription Drug Plans

Original Medicare, also known as Parts A & B, does not include prescription drug coverage. Part D is a separate, stand-alone plan that provides prescription drug coverage to supplement your Original Medicare plan.

You can also get it as part of a Medicare Advantage plan. 

Learn more about Medicare Prescription Drug Plans for Minnesotans below.

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Once you have enrolled in both Parts A & B Original Medicare, you are eligible to acquire a Part D Prescription Drug plan. If you are not already covered for prescription drugs through an employment-related plan, a Medigap or Advantage plan, and you are currently using prescription medications or might in the future, it’s a good idea to take a hard look at what plans are available.


When it comes to paying for the prescription drugs you need on a regular basis, Medicare drug coverage is nothing short of essential.  In fact, regardless of whether or not you are taking prescription drugs now, it often makes the most sense to join a Medicare drug coverage plan sooner than later given the savings you will incur in the long run.  For instance, if you do not decide to get Medicare drug coverage when you first become eligible and aren’t under another creditable drug coverage plan already (i.e. employer, union, or Extra Help), then you’ll likely be subject to late enrollment penalties if you decide to join a coverage plan later on.  Typically, this payment penalty extends for the duration of your Medicare drug coverage, making it far more cost-effective to enroll when you are first eligible.  That said, in order to obtain Medicare drug coverage, you’ll need to find a suitable Medicare-approved plan that offers drug coverage.  Visit to compare and find a plan that best suits your needs and budget. 

1. Medicare Drug Plans: If you already have Part A or Part B, these plans add prescription drug coverage to your Original Medicare plan (as well as some Medicare Cost Plans, Private Fee-for-Service Plans, and Medical Savings Account plans)

2. Medicare Advantage Plans (or other Medicare health plans with drug coverage): If you already have Part A or Part B, you can join a Medicare Advantage Plan - but make sure the plan you choose offers drug coverage. 

If this sounds confusing, don't worry! Milestone Medicare is here to help you navigate through it.


If you need help choosing Medicare Prescription Drug coverage or have any other Medicare questions, Milestone Medicare offers our Medicare assistance at no cost to you. Simply contact us to get your questions answered or to get help in securing your best Medicare plans. We are conveniently located in Buffalo, MN and serve the Greater Twin Cities, Minnesota.

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