Medicare Part D Benchmark Plans

This section lists health plans providing Medicare Part D that are considered Medicare Part D Benchmark Plans A prescription drug coverage plan that has been designated by Medicare to meet certain coverage requirements and which has a monthly premium that is fully subsidized by Extra Help. for the applicable year.

l  Clients enrolled in a benchmark plan may or may not be receiving Extra Help A Medicare Part D cost-sharing subsidy program. Full-benefit, dual eligible enrollees are automatically eligible for the full Extra Help subsidy. Others may apply to the Social Security Administration for full or partial Extra Help subsidies.. See Medicare Part D for more information on the Extra Help subsidy.

l  Determine if clients enrolled in a benchmark plan are receiving Extra Help.

l  Do not use the premium amount or cost-sharing amounts paid by Extra Help as a medical expense or Medicare premium deduction for a spenddown or LTC income calculation. See MA and Medicare Part D for more information.

l  See Medicare Part D Cost-Sharing Amounts for information on the benchmark premium amount and other Part D cost-sharing amounts.

2015 Medicare Part D Benchmark Plans.

2014 Medicare Part D Benchmark Plans not Benchmark plans in 2015.

2014 Medicare Part D Benchmark Plans.

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2015 Medicare Part D Stand Alone Benchmark Plans

The following are the stand alone Medicare Part D benchmark plans for 2015:

l  Aetna Medicare RX Saver Pharmacy Prescription Drug Plan

l  Blue Cross Blue Shield Platinum Blue Core with RX

l  Humana Preferred Rx Plan

l  Medica Prime Solution Basic with Part D Option 1

l  Medica Prime Solution Enhanced with Part D Option 1

l  Medica Prime Solution Thrift with Part D Option 1

l  Medica Prime Solution Value Part D Option 1

l  Symphonix Value Rx

l  United Healthcare AARP Medicare Saver Plus

See the "2015 Amounts in Excess of Medicare Part D Benchmark to Apply as Medical Expense" document for more information on Medicare Part D benchmark plans in which a person is enrolled in conjunction with a Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) plan.

2014 Medicare Part D Benchmark Plans not Benchmark Plans in 2015

The following 2014 benchmark plans will not be a benchmark plan in 2015:

l  Aetna Medicare CVS Pharmacy Prescription Drug Plan

l  Cigna Medicare RX Secure

l  Envision Rx Plus Silver

l  HealthMarkets Value Rx

l  WellCare Classic

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2014 Medicare Part D Stand Alone Benchmark Plans

The following are the stand alone Medicare Part D benchmark plans for 2014:

l  Aetna Medicare CVS Pharmacy Prescription Drug Plan

l  Cigna Medicare RX Secure

l  Envision Rx Plus Silver

l  HealthMarkets Value Rx

l  Humana Preferred Rx Plan

l  Symphonix Value Rx

l  United Healthcare AARP Medicare Saver Plus

l  WellCare Classic

See the "2014 Amounts in Excess of Medicare Part D Benchmark to Apply as Medical Expense" document for more information on Medicare Part D benchmark plans in which a person is enrolled in conjunction with a Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) plan.

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