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Medicare Part D

On December 8, 2003, the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 was enacted. It created a new “Part D”, which established a prescription drug benefit for Medicare beneficiaries. This program went into effect for all Medicare eligible consumers on January 1, 2006.
In 2018, New York State will have 20 stand-alone prescription drug plans (PDP) and 8 of these will be benchmark plans ($0 premium for those who qualify for a full low income subsidy (LIS)). It’s important to review your plan every year, since many changes may have occurred. Your current plan may have raised their premiums, they may have changed the medications they cover, or they may not be participating as a provider. Your needs may have also changed and you may be on different medications or have a different financial situation. Compare 2017 NYS Medicare PDP plan to 2018 plans will provide you with a comparison of the 2017 plans to the current 2018 plans. To make other comparisons based upon your needs use the Medicare Prescription Plan Finder.
This site is designed to be a quick reference guide for all stakeholders looking for information on the Prescription Drug Plans, benefits, eligibility, enrollment, how to obtain “Extra Help” through a low-income subsidy, and additional resources for general information on Medicare Part D. The materials presented on this site are intended to be informational and not authoritative. For authoritative information, individuals should consult the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Quick Reference Guide Sections
Plans, Benefits, and Premiums

Eligibility and Enrollment


Extra Help/ Low-Income Subsidy

Tip Sheets and Consumer Alerts

General Information and Resources