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Ann Marie T. Sullivan, M.D., Acting Commissioner
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

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 2014, New York State will have 31 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). 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 2013 NYS Medicare PDP plan to 2014 plans Leaving OMH site will provide you with a comparison of the 2013 plans to the current 2014 plans. To make other comparisons based upon your needs use the Medicare Prescription Drug Finder.Leaving OMH site

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.Leaving OMH site

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