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
20182019
Part D maximum deductibleUp to
$405/year
Up to
$415/year
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.
$3,750$3,820
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.
$5,000$5,100

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

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