Does Medicare Provide Transportation?
Medicare does not provide transportation to and from medical appointments. However, if you have Medicare Part B and you are getting chemotherapy, radiation, or other cancer treatments and have to travel greater than 20 miles one-way to your chemotherapy treatment center, Medicare will pay 80% of the reasonable cost of that transportation.
Medicare outpatient medical transportation
Medicare will pay 80% of the reasonable cost of the transportation of the patient and the patient's escort (if any) if the patient:
Is receiving outpatient physical therapy (PT) services, or
Needs to travel a reasonable distance to a Medicare-approved provider of outpatient PT services that is not located within the patient's community.
Medicare will also pay 80% of the reasonable cost of the transportation of the patient and the patient's escort (if any) if the patient is traveling to a distant community to receive outpatient speech services, outpatient occupational therapy (OT) services, or outpatient physical therapy.
Medicare will not pay for the transportation of a patient:
Who does not wish to travel to a distant community to receive the outpatient services described above, or
Who is traveling to a distant community to receive outpatient services that are not listed above.
If you want to find out more information about these rules, go to the Medicare website at www.medicare.gov, or call the Medicare Hotline at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-877-690-1012).
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Medicare Part D
What is Medicare Part D?
Medicare Part D is a prescription drug benefit available to people with Medicare. It helps cover prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries.
People without drug coverage for Medicare Part D can get help paying for their prescriptions. For more information, call the “Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program” (SHIP) toll-free at 1-877-690-1012 or click here.
Who is eligible for Medicare Part D?
Medicare Part D is available to you if you are a person with Medicare and you do not have prescription drug coverage from a current or former employer or union. You also do not have other drug coverage, such as Medicaid or TRICARE.
If you are not sure if you have Medicare, you can check using the Medicare website at www.medicare.gov.
How much does Medicare Part D cost?
The monthly premium for Medicare Part D depends on your income. If your income is below a certain level, you may not have to pay any premium. The monthly premium for Medicare Part D in 2015 is $31.80.
The amount you pay for your Medicare Part D prescription drug plan depends on the plan you choose. Plans offer different “formularies,” which are lists of the covered drugs.
Do I have to pay a premium?
Yes, but you may not have to pay any premium if you meet certain conditions. If you are enrolled in a Medicare Part D plan, you have to pay a standard monthly premium, unless:
You qualify for the low-income subsidy (LIS). To learn if you qualify for the LIS, check the federal income chart.
You are in a Medicare Advantage Plan.
You are eligible for “Extra Help” to pay the Medicare Part D standard premium. Special rules apply to this extra help. To learn more about Extra Help, contact the Social Security office in your area.
You have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).
You have a limited income and live in a state that offers Medicaid-like drug coverage.
You are part of a Medicare Cost Plan.
You get Extra Help and meet income and asset guidelines.
You are in a Medicare Savings Program.
Who do I pay my Medicare Part D premium to?
If you enroll in a Medicare Part D plan, you pay your monthly premium to the plan. You will see the amount you pay each month on your plan ID card.
Will I have to pay a premium if I have Medicare Part D?
Yes, if you are in a Medicare Part D plan, you will have to pay a standard monthly premium. However, this premium may be waived if you qualify for a “low-income subsidy” (LIS). To learn if you qualify for the LIS, check the federal income chart.
How do I know if I pay the standard premium?
If you receive a Medicare Part D plan and also have Medicaid, your plan will automatically remove the standard monthly premium from your Medicare Part D plan.
How much do I pay for Part D?
The monthly premium for Medicare Part D in 2015 is $31.80.
What if I don't make enough money to pay for Medicare Part D?
If you make less than 150% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), you can get help with your Medicare Part D costs.
If your income is below 100% of FPL, you can get help with Medicare Part D costs, but you must enroll in a Medicare Part D plan.
If your income is between 100% and 150% of FPL, you are eligible for a “low-income subsidy.” This subsidy pays for most of your Medicare Part D costs. To learn if you qualify for the LIS, check the federal income chart.
If your income is 150% or above FPL, you may still qualify for an LIS. You will need to call Medicare to determine your eligibility.
What is the “Low-Income Subsidy” (LIS)?
The “Low-Income Subsidy” (LIS) is an extra help program that pays for all or part of your annual Medicare Part D standard premium. In most cases, if you qualify for