Thursday, March 10, 2011

Medicare drug coverage

Medicare Drug Coverage

Question: Does Medicare cover the cost of Coumadin when it must be taken for the rest of one's life due to a mechanical heart valve?

Answer: Coumadin and its generic Warfarin Sodium are covered drugs under a Medicare Part D prescription plan. You would either enroll separately in a Medicare Part D plan or in some situations prescriptions are included in Medicare Advantage plans. You will pay a copay for the Coumadin in most cases. Original Medicare (Part A & Part B) does not cover drugs except in certain limited situations. Based on the information you provided, your situation does not meet the criteria. You may go to , download Medicare and You 2011 booklet and on page 40 it gives details about situations where Medicare Part B covers drugs.