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Explanation of Benefits (EOB) SECTION 6: Important things to know about your drug coverage and your rights.

This section shows details some your rights in the Medicare Part D program and will read as follows


Your "Evidence of Coverage" [has OR if EOB is for a member with LIS, insert "and LIS Rider" have] the details about your drug coverage and costs

The Evidence of Coverage is our plan’s benefits booklet. It explains your drug coverage and the rules you need to follow when you are using your drug coverage. [If EOB is for a member with LIS, insert: Your LIS Rider ("Evidence of Coverage Rider for People Who Get Extra Help Paying for their Prescriptions") is a short separate document that tells what you pay for your prescriptions.]

We have sent you a copy of the Evidence of Coverage [if EOB is for a member with LIS, insert: and LIS Rider]. If you need another copy [if EOB is for a member with LIS, insert: of either of these], please call us (phone numbers are on the cover of this summary).

Remember, to get your drug coverage under our plan you must use pharmacies in our network, except in certain circumstances. Also, quantity limitations and restrictions may apply.


What if you have problems related to coverage or payments for your drugs?

Your Evidence of Coverage has step-by-step instructions that explain what to do if you have problems related to your drug coverage and costs. Here are the chapters to look for:
  • [MA-PD insert: Chapter 7.] [PDP insert: Chapter 5.] Asking the plan to pay its share of a bill you have received for covered services or drugs.
  • [MA-PD insert: Chapter 9.] [PDP insert: Chapter 7.] What to do if you have a problem or complaint (coverage decisions, appeals, complaints).
Q1Medicare Note: see: appeals level chart overview.

Here are things to keep in mind:
  • When we decide whether a drug is covered and how much you pay, it’s called a "coverage decision." If you disagree with our coverage decision, you can appeal our decision (see [MA-PD insert: Chapter 9] [PDP insert: Chapter 7] of the Evidence of Coverage).
  • Medicare has set the rules for how coverage decision and appeal are handled. These are legal procedures and the deadlines are important. The process can take place if your doctor tells us that your health requires a quick decision.


Please ask for help if you need it. Here’s how:
  • You can call us at [insert plan name] Member Services (phone numbers are on the cover of this monthly summary).
  • You can call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. You can call these numbers for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • You can call your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). The name and phone numbers for this organization are in Chapter 2, Section 3 of your Evidence of Coverage.



Did you know there are programs to help people pay for their drugs?

  • "Extra Help" from Medicare. You may be able to get Extra Help to pay for your prescription drug premiums and costs. This program is also called the "low-income subsidy" or LIS. People whose yearly income and resources are below certain limits can qualify for this help. To see if you qualify for getting Extra Help, see Section [insert appropriate section number] of your Medicare & You [insert year] handbook or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. You can call these numbers for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also call the Social Security Office at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778. You can also call your State Medicaid Office.
  • Help from your state’s pharmaceutical assistance program. Many states have State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs (SPAPs) that help some people pay for prescription drugs based on financial need, age, or medical condition. Each state has different rules. Check with your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). The name and phone numbers for this organization are in Chapter 2, Section 3 of your Evidence of Coverage.
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  • The benefit information provided is a brief summary, not a complete description of benefits. For more information contact the plan.
  • Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply.
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  • When enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan, you must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium.
  • Medicare beneficiaries with higher incomes may be required to pay both a Medicare Part B and Medicare Part D Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA). Read more on IRMAA.
  • Medicare Advantage plans that include prescription drug coverage (MAPDs) are considered Medicare Part D plans and members with higher incomes may be subject to the Medicare Part D Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount (IRMAA), just as members in stand-alone Part D plans. In certain situations, you can appeal IRMAA.
  • You must be enrolled in both Medicare Part A and Part B to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan. Members may enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan only during specific times of the year. Contact the Medicare plan for more information.
  • If you are enrolled in a Medicare plan with Part D prescription drug coverage, you may be eligible for financial Extra Help to assist with the payment of your prescription drug premiums and drug purchases. To see if you qualify for Extra Help, call: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048, 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week or consult www.medicare.gov; the Social Security Office at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. TTY users should call, 1-800-325-0778; or your state Medicaid Office.
  • Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-Star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next.
  • A Medicare Advantage Private Fee-for-Service plan (PFFS) is not a Medicare supplement plan. Providers who do not contract with the plan are not required to see you except in an emergency.
  • Disclaimer for Institutional Special Needs Plan (SNP): This plan is available to anyone with Medicare who meets the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) level of care and resides in a nursing home.
  • Disclaimer for Dual Eligible (Medicare/Medicaid) Special Needs Plan (SNP): This plan is available to anyone who has both Medical Assistance from the State and Medicare. Premiums, co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles may vary based on the level of Extra Help you receive. Please contact the plan for further details.
  • Disclaimer for Chronic Condition Special Needs Plan (SNP): This plan is available to anyone with Medicare who has been diagnosed with the plan specific Chronic Condition.
  • Medicare MSA Plans combine a high deductible Medicare Advantage Plan and a trust or custodial savings account (as defined and/or approved by the IRS). The plan deposits money from Medicare into the account. You can use this money to pay for your health care costs, but only Medicare-covered expenses count toward your deductible. The amount deposited is usually less than your deductible amount, so you generally have to pay out-of-pocket before your coverage begins.
  • Medicare MSA Plans do not cover prescription drugs. If you join a Medicare MSA Plan, you can also join any separate (stand-alone) Medicare Part D prescription drug plan
  • There are additional restrictions to join an MSA plan, and enrollment is generally for a full calendar year unless you meet certain exceptions. Those who disenroll during the calendar year will owe a portion of the account deposit back to the plan. Contact the plan provider for additional information.
  • Medicare beneficiaries may enroll through the CMS Medicare Online Enrollment Center located at www.medicare.gov.
  • Medicare beneficiaries can file a complaint with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services by calling 1-800-MEDICARE 24 hours a day/7 days or using the medicare.gov site. Beneficiaries can appoint a representative by submitting CMS Form-1696.