Cigna Essential Rx is a 3.5 Star Rated Part D Plan for People on Medicare in Kansas
CMS gave this prescription drug plan a quality rating of 3.5 out of 5.0 stars (Average).
These are the areas of the plan that are important to compare and review:
- Premium & A deductible is an amount a beneficiary must pay for their health care expenses before the health insurance policy begins to pay its share....: The premium is the amount you will pay monthly. Plus, many plans have an annual deductible that must be met before An amount patients pay for their share of the cost of medical service or supply, like a doctor’s visit, hospital inpatient visit, or prescription drug.... begins.
- Coverage Phases: Part D plans have an Once you have met your yearly deductible, you will pay a copayment or coinsurance for each covered drug until you reach the initial coverage limit. You will then enter your plan’s coverage gap (aka, “donut..., followed by a A period of time in which you pay higher cost-sharing for prescription drugs until you spend enough to qualify for catastrophic coverage...., and then catastropic coverage. Some plans offer some coverage in the gap.
- Co-pays & Co-insurance: If you have regular prescriptions, it's critical to verify that your drugs are covered and to know what you will pay at the pharmacy.
- CMS Ratings: Important measurements across 4 different areas that will help you understand how well this plan will care for you.
Cigna Essential Rx does not pay all costs; it's a cost-sharing plan. If you join, you share in the overall costs with Cigna-HealthSpring Rx by paying a monthly premium, an annual deductible (if applicable), and A copayment, also known as a copay, is a set dollar amount you are required to pay for a medical service.... and/or Coinsurance is a percentage of the total you are required to pay for a medical service. ... at your pharmacy.
Low-Income Subsidy ("Extra Help")
This plan does not qualify for Extra Help (Social Security's Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) program helps Medicare beneficiaries pay for their Medicare Part D prescription drugs by paying some of the costs. Also known as "Extra Help", beneficiaries who qualify for LIS receive premium...) benefits.
This plan has a $480.00 deductible (annual).
For 2022, the maximum Part D deductible is $480. A plan with the maximum deductible does not necessarily mean that it is more expensive than a plan with a lower deductible or no deductible at all. You need to consider all costs.
Your Costs Include the Monthly Premium + Deductible + Copayments
Be aware that you must continue to pay your monthly premium even when you are not using any medications. Also, it's important to plan ahead because you are responsible for one hundred percent of your prescription costs until the plan's deductible has been met. You also make the required copayment when you pick up your prescriptions. These are your share of the prescription drug costs. The plan pays the rest until you reach the coverage gap (aka, “donut hole”).
Potential Additional Costs
There are two conditions that could affect how much you pay for this plan. If you qualify for the Social Security Extra Help program your premium will generally be lower. Also, if you enrolled late the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid is a public health insurance program that provides health care coverage to low-income families and individuals in the United States.... Service may impose a premium penalty. Contact your local Kansas Medicare Insurance Agent to get an exact quote for your situation.
Cigna Essential Rx is a Enhanced PDP. At a minimum, Cigna-HealthSpring Rx must offer a "standard benefit" package mandated by law. The standard benefit includes an annual deductible and a gap in coverage, aka, donut hole. Carriers may also offer plans that:
- are actuarially equivalent to the standard benefit; or
- are enhanced, offering benefits in addition to the standard benefit.
Typically, enhanced plans offer additional coverage during the coverage gap. If you fell into the donut hole last year, shop enhanced plans.
Most Cost Sharing is in the Initial Coverage Limit Phase
It's important to understand the initial coverage limit (ICL) and how it applies to you in Kansas. The ICL is where you share the cost of your prescriptions with the insurance company. You and Cigna-HealthSpring Rx each pay your share until you reach a total of $4430.00 (retail spending) spent at the pharmacy on prescriptions. At that point, you pay all costs yourself because you're in the coverage gap, as explained below.
The Part D Donut Hole
When you fall into the coverage gap or donut hole as many people call it, you are basically uninsured and must pay for all of your prescription costs out-of-pocket. When you reach the coverage gap will all depend on your prescriptions. Most seniors never exceed the ICL and don't have to worry about it. If you are on a long-term medication that's costly, you could reach the donut hole very quickly.
In the coverage gap phase you are responsible for the full cost of your prescription drugs up until your total out-of-pocket expenses reach $7,050 (excluding A premium is an amount that an insurance policyholder must pay for coverage. Premiums are typically paid on a monthly basis. In the federal Medicare program, there are four different types of premiums. ... and expense paid by insurance) minus a 75% discount on both brand-name prescription drugs and generics. Once you reach $7,050 in out-of-pocket expenses, you're out of the coverage gap. At this point, you automatically get catastrophic coverage through Medicare, which assures you only pay a small amount for covered drugs for the remainder of the year.
Additional Gap Coverage
Cigna Essential Rx does not offer additional assistance in the coverage gap. If you reached the coverage gap last year and were not able to afford your medications, be sure to check with your local Kansas Medicaid office. You may qualify for additional assistance. The Social Security Administration's Extra Help program is another opportunity for seniors on Medicare who are not able to afford their prescriptions.
Copayment & Coinsurance Details
In addition to the monthly premium and annual deductible, the Cigna Essential Rx prescription drug plan has copayments (fixed dollar amount) and/or coinsurances (percentage) that you must pay when you pickup your medications. Here's the schedule for this plan:
IMPORTANT: In order to determine if this is the best PDP for you, it's critical that you look up your prescriptions in the plan's A formulary is a list of prescription drugs covered by a prescription drug plan or another insurance plan offering prescription drug benefits. Medications not on a plan's formulary are generally not covered.....
Medicare Part D Star Ratings
In this section we show you the quality rating for this plan. Each year the The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the U.S. Federal agency that runs the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Programs.... (CMS) rates prescription drug plans in four broad categories. We do not recommend joining a plan with an overall rating less than 3.0. The following marks will give you an idea of the level of care you will receive if you join this Cigna-HealthSpring Rx plan.
Contact Cigna-HealthSpring Rx
Here's the new member contact information for Cigna-HealthSpring Rx:
For assistance 24 hours a day, call 800-633-4227. TTY users should call 877-486-2048. If you qualify for Medicare but have not yet enrolled or verified your enrollment status, you can do so on the Social Security Administration website. You can learn more about the Medicare Part D plans are an option Medicare beneficiaries can use to get prescription drug coverage. Part D plans provide cost-sharing on covered medications in four different phases: deductible, initial coverage, coverage gap, and catastrophic. Each... program on www.medicare.gov. For information about the SSA's Extra Help program, download the Understanding Extra Help guide.
This stand-alone Medicare Part D plan is compatible with Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Medicare Part B (medical insurance), and all Kansas Medigap plans. It's also compatible with Medicare Part C plans in Kansas, so long as the plan does not include prescription drug coverage.
If you are entitled to Medicare Part A (enrolled or not) or currently enrolled in Medicare Part B you may join the Cigna Essential Rx prescription drug plan. Unless you also receive benefits from Medicaid, enrollment in a Part D plan is voluntary. This plan is available in Wichita, Overland Park, Kansas City, Olathe, Topeka, Lawrence, Shawnee, Manhattan, Lenexa, Salina, and all other towns and cities in Kansas.