On this page we help consumers: Compare 2020 Medicare Part D Plans available in Tennessee and find the best TN Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) by comparing premiums, deductibles, copays, and ratings.
2020 Part D plans will be published here on or about 7 October. Until then current year plans will be available.
Changes to 2020 Medicare Part D in Tennessee
Tennessee seniors, you have more Medicare Part D plan (PDP) choices this year. Also, you'll find 2020 plans with lower monthly premiums, however, the standard initial deductible is now $435 per year, a $20 increase over last year. This increase is offset by a higher Initial Coverage Limit, which increased to $4,020.
2020 Medicare Part D Standard Initial Deductible
The initial deductible is the amount that you pay before your Medicare Part D plan begins paying its share of the costs. So, if you enroll in a 2020 prescription drug plan with a standard initial deductible, you'll spend $20 more out-of-pocket in 2020 before coverage begins. Most Medicare Part D plans have an initial deductible, but many popular Medicare Part D plans exclude Tier 1 and Tier 2 drugs from the deductible, giving immediate coverage on most lower-cost medications.
2020 Medicare Part D Initial Coverage Limit (ICL)
The 2020 Initial Coverage Limit (ICL) is $4,020, a 5% increase over last year. The Coverage Gap (donut hole) starts when you reach the ICL and ends when you spend a total of $5,100. The Initial Coverage Limit marks the coverage gap entry point. You enter the coverage gap when the total negotiated retail value of your prescription drug purchases exceed your plan’s Initial Coverage Limit.
Will You Fall Into The 2020 Donut Hole?
An easy way to estimate if you will run out of coverage is to look at that average monthly cost of your medications. If your prescriptions have an average retail value of over $335 per month, you will enter the 2020 Donut Hole at some point in the year. This assumes that your current retail drug prices remaining stable.
The 2020 Donut Hole Discount is 75% for Generic Drugs
If you reach the 2020 Coverage Gap phase of your Part D coverage, the generic drug discount will be 75% (up from 63%). This means your generic drug costs in the Donut Hole will be 25% of your Part D plan's negotiated retail prices. What you pay counts towards your true out-of-pocket costs (This amount counts toward your TrOOP).
The 2020 Donut Hole Discount is 75% for Brand-Name MedicationsThe 2020 brand-name Coverage Gap discount remains the same at 75%. The pharmaceutical industry is responsible for picking up 70% of the cost of medications for beneficiaries in the Donut Hole. You get credit for 95% of the retail drug cost toward meeting your 2020 total out-of-pocket maximum or Donut Hole exit point.
Some plans offer additional gap coverage, so look for it on the plan information pages.
How Much Will You Spend To Exit The Donut Hole in 2020?
Your Total Out-of-Pocket Cost (TrOOP) threshold will increase to $6,350 in 2020. That's $1,275 more than the 2019 TrOOP limit of $5,100. TrOOP is the dollar amount you'll spend to get out of the Donut Hole or Coverage Gap and into your Medicare Part D plan's Catastrophic Coverage phase.
It's important to remember that TrOOP doesn't include your monthly premiums or over the counter purchases. Some plans offer additional gap coverage, so look for it on the plan information pages.
Don't make a decision on your choice of Part D Medicare plans based on the premium and deductible alone. It's critical that you verify that your medications are covered. You find this information, and the co-payment tiers, in the formulary. On each PDP page (above) we post links to the formulary and pharmacy web pages, and the phone numbers to contact the plan.
VITAL: Identifying the best Medicare Part D Plans requires research. What works the best for you is all about your regular prescriptions (if any), your health and what you can afford.
Did you Know Most Tennessee Medicare Advantage Plans Include Prescription Drug Coverage?
Your Medicare benefits are flexible, and there's more than one way to get prescription drug coverage. If you want to keep your Original Medicare, you can enroll in one of the stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plans listed above. The other way to get Part D is by enrolling in one of the Tennessee Medicare Advantage Plans that include prescription coverage.
Medicare Part D and Supplements Work Together
Medicare does not pay for all of your hospitalization and doctor bills. Even with the new healthcare law fully in place, your Original Medicare only pays about 80 percent of your Tennessee healthcare bills. We keep an up-to-date catalog of Tennessee Medigap Plans, also call a Medicare Supplement, with the tools you need to find the best price and coverage. The Medicare PartD plans above are fully compatible with Tennessee supplemental insurance.
Medicare Part D for Dual Eligible People in Tennessee
In Tennessee, if you are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (aka, dual eligible or Medi-Medi) you will automatically be enrolled in a Tennessee Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and the Social Security Extra Help program. Extra Help pays for most of the costs of your prescriptions if you meet the eligibility requirements. You may also enroll in a plan of your own choosing that better meets your needs. If you qualified for Medicaid before you were eligible for Medicare, contact your local Medicaid office.
PDP Eligibility and Availability
You are eligible to enroll in a Tennessee PDP plan if:
- You are a resident of the state,
- You are enrolled in Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B, and
- You are age 65+ or have Medicare due to a qualifying disability.
All plans on this page are available to beneficiaries in Nashville, Murfreesboro, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Jackson, Johnson City, Franklin, Hendersonville, Kingsport, and all rural areas of Tennessee.