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Definitions for common Medicare terms

prescription drug coverage

DEFINITION: Prescription drug coverage – or Medicare Part D – subsidizes the costs of brand-name and generic prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare recipients choose the coverage by enrolling in either a stand-alone prescription drug plan (PDP) – which covers only prescription drugs – or a Medicare Advantage plan, which covers prescriptions and other medical expenses.
Regardless of the plan, you’ll pay a co-pay for each prescription, a monthly premium – which will vary by plan – and an annual deductible. Individuals with limited income and resources may qualify for financial assistance.