While prescription drugs can help older adults manage various health conditions as they age, paying for medications can also put a serious strain on a person’s budget. In fact, the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University found people ages 65 to 79 spend an average of $456 a year out of pocket on prescription drug expenses.
Understanding prescription drug coverage can be one of the most challenging parts of Medicare. Each plan offers different levels of coverage and involves varying deductibles, premiums and copayments. Yet, the basic concept behind all Medicare Part D prescription drug plans is the same.