Medicare’s Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) program – Part D – is optional. 

Criteria for joining a Prescription Drug Program are:

  •  Must have Part A and Part B coverage.
  •  Live in the plan service area.
  •  Live within the United States.

The following chart shows Part D costs last year compared to this year.

Medicare Part D Costs: 2018 vs. 2019
Part D maximum deductibleUp to
Up to
Part D coverage gap threshold
You reach the coverage gap, or donut hole, when you and your plan together have spent this much on covered drugs since the start of the year.
Part D catastrophic coverage limit
You get out of the donut hole and reach catastrophic coverage when you have spent this much out of pocket* since the start of the year.

Read Next: What’s Happening to the Donut Hole in 2019?
Find Out: What Does Medicare Part B Cost?
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