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2018-2006 Medicare Part D Standard Benefit Model Plan Parameters

Below is a comparison of the Standard Benefit Model Plan parameters as released by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the plan years 2018 through 2006.


Medicare Part D Benefit Parameters for Defined Standard Benefit
2006 through 2018 Comparison
Part D Standard Benefit Design Parameters: 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Deductible - (after the Deductible is met, Beneficiary pays 25% of covered costs up to total prescription costs meeting the Initial Coverage Limit. $405 $400 $360 $320 $310 $325 $320 $310 $310 $295 $275 $265 $250
Initial Coverage Limit - Coverage Gap (Donut Hole) begins at this point. (The Beneficiary pays 100% of their prescription costs up to the Out-of-Pocket Threshold) $3,750 $3,700 $3,310 $2,960 $2,850 $2,970 $2,930 $2,840 $2,830 $2,700 $2,510 $2,400 $2,250
Out-of-Pocket Threshold - This is the Total Out-of-Pocket Costs including the Donut Hole. $5,000 $4,950 $4,850 $4,700 $4,550 $4,750 $4,700 $4,550 $4,550 $4,350 $4,050 $3,850 $3,600
Total Covered Part D Drug Out-of-Pocket Spending including the Coverage Gap - Catastrophic Coverage starts after this point.

See note (1) below.
$7,508.75 (1) $7,425.00 (1) $7,062.50 (1) $6,680.00 (1) $6,455.00 (1) $6,733.75 (1) $6,657.50 (1) $6,447.50 (1) $6,440.00


plus a
$250 rebate

$6,153.75 $5,726.25 $5,451.25 $5,100.00
Total Estimated Covered Part D Drug Out-of-Pocket Spending including the Coverage Gap Discount (NON-LIS) See note (2). $8,417.60

plus a 65% brand discount
$8,071.16

plus a 60% brand discount
$7,515.22

plus a 55% brand discount
$7,061.76

plus a 55% brand discount
$6,690.77

plus a 52.50% brand discount
$6,954.52

plus a 52.50% brand discount
$6,730.39

plus a 50% brand discount
$6,483.72

plus a 50% brand discount
         
Catastrophic Coverage Benefit:
   Generic/Preferred
   Multi-Source
     Drug
(3)
$3.35 (3) $3.30 (3) $2.95 (3) $2.65 (3) $2.55 (3) $2.65 (3) $2.60 (3) $2.50 (3) $2.50 (3) $2.40 (3) $2.25 (3) $2.15 (3) $2.00 (3)
    Other Drugs (3) $8.35 (3) $8.25 (3) $7.40 (3) $6.60 (3) $6.35 (3) $6.60 (3) $6.50 (3) $6.30 (3) $6.30 (3) $6.00 (3) $5.60 (3) $5.35 (3) $5.00 (3)
Part D Full Benefit Dual Eligible (FBDE) Parameters: 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
   Deductible $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
   Copayments for
   Institutionalized
   Beneficiaries
$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Maximum Copayments for Non-Institutionalized Beneficiaries
    Up to or at 100% FPL:
        Up to Out-of-Pocket Threshold
      Generic/Preferred
      Multi-Source
     Drug
$1.25 $1.20 $1.20 $1.20 $1.20 $1.15 $1.10 $1.10 $1.10 $1.10 $1.05 $1.00 $1.00
      Other $3.70 $3.70 $3.60 $3.60 $3.60 $3.50 $3.30 $3.30 $3.30 $3.20 $3.10 $3.10 $3.00
     Above Out-of-
     Pocket
     Threshold
$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
    Over 100% FPL:
        Up to Out-of-Pocket Threshold
      Generic/Preferred
      Multi-Source
     Drug
$3.35 $3.30 $2.95 $2.65 $2.55 $2.65 $2.60 $2.50 $2.50 $2.40 $2.25 $2.15 $2.00
      Other $8.35 $8.25 $7.40 $6.60 $6.35 $6.60 $6.50 $6.30 $6.30 $6.00 $5.60 $5.35 $5.00
     Above Out-of-
     Pocket
     Threshold
$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Part D Full Subsidy - Non Full Benefit Dual Eligible Full Subsidy Parameters: 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Eligible for QMB/SLMB/QI, SSI or applied and income at or below 135% FPL and resources ≤ $8,890 (individuals) or ≤ $14,090 (couples) (4)
   Deductible $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
    Maximum Copayments up to Out-of-Pocket Threshold
      Generic/Preferred
      Multi-Source
     Drug
$3.35 $3.30 $2.95 $2.65 $2.55 $2.65 $2.60 $2.50 $2.50 $2.40 $2.25 $2.15 $2.00
      Other $8.35 $8.25 $7.40 $6.60 $6.35 $6.60 $6.50 $6.30 $6.30 $6.00 $5.60 $5.35 $5.00
   Maximum Copay
     above
   Out-of-Pocket
   Threshold
$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Partial Subsidy Parameters: 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
Applied and income below 150% FPL and resources between $8,890-$13,820 (individuals) or $14,090-$27,600 (couples) (category code 4) (4)
   Deductible $83.00 $82.00 $74.00 $66.00 $63.00 $66.00 $65.00 $63.00 $63.00 $60.00 $56.00 $53.00 $50.00
   Coinsurance
     up to
   Out-of-Pocket
   Threshold
15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15%
    Maximum Copayments above Out-of-Pocket Threshold
      Generic/Preferred
      Multi-Source
     Drug
$3.35 $3.30 $2.95 $2.65 $2.55 $2.65 $2.60 $2.50 $2.50 $2.40 $2.25 $2.15 $2.00
      Other $8.35 $8.25 $7.40 $6.60 $6.35 $6.60 $6.50 $6.30 $6.30 $6.00 $5.60 $5.35 $5.00
(1) Total Covered Part D Spending at Out-of-Pocket Threshold for Non-Applicable Beneficiaries - Beneficiaries who ARE entitled to an income-related subsidy under section 1860D-14(a) (LIS)
(2) Total Covered Part D Spending at Out-of-Pocket Threshold for Applicable Beneficiaries - Beneficiaries who are NOT entitled to an income-related subsidy under section 1860D-14(a) (NON-LIS) and do receive the coverage gap discount. For 2018, the weighted gap coinsurance factor is 80.5286%. This is based on the 2016 PDEs (89.18% Brands & 10.82% Generics)
(3) The Catastrophic Coverage is the greater of 5% or the values shown in the chart above. In 2018, beneficiaries will be charged $3.35 for those generic or preferred multisource drugs with a retail price under $67 and 5% for those with a retail price greater than $67. For brand-name drugs, beneficiaries would pay $8.35 for those drugs with a retail price under $167 and 5% for those with a retail price over $167.
(4) This amount includes the $1,500 per person burial allowance. The resource limit may be updated during contract year 2017.






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