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Aetna Prescription Drug Plans

Unsure or confused with how Aetna prescription drug plans work? Not sure if you qualify? BasiCare Plus is a great alternative with no Medicare requirements or medical questions when applying. Plans can include a primary care provider and aside from $19/vial insulin, all features comes with $0 copay.

Aetna Prescription Drug Plans are well known, but how do they stack up against BasiCare Plus? In short, BasiCare Plus has no copay, no limits on 700+ drugs and $19.90/vial insulin. Aetna on the other hand, has different tier levels and copay, while covering a larger list of drugs. Below is a summary of Aetna’s Prescription Drug Plans per their website:

How does Medicare prescription drug coverage work?

Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) is offered through private insurance companies, like Aetna and Wellcare. You can get Part D coverage through either:

What is a prescription drug plan (PDP)?

A prescription drug plan (PDP) is a stand-alone Medicare Part D plan. PDPs only offer Part D and work together with your Original Medicare. This is a good option for someone who wants to stay in Original Medicare but add prescription drug coverage. You are eligible to enroll in a PDP if you are already enrolled in Medicare Part A and/or Medicare Part B. Medicare Part D prescription drug plans are only available through private insurers such as Aetna.

The above limitations do not apply to BasiCare Plus enrollments.

What is a Medicare Advantage prescription drug plan (MAPD)?

A Medicare Advantage prescription drug plan (or MAPD) is a plan that includes medical and prescription drug coverage. MAPD plans are only available through private insurers like Aetna.

An MAPD plan includes:

  • Medicare Part A (hospital)
  • Medicare Part B (medical)
  • Medicare Part D (prescription)

Like other health plans, MAPDs come in various forms, such as HMOs (health maintenance organizations) and PPOs (preferred provider organizations).

By comparison, BasiCare Plus plans can include an unlimited, $0 copay primary care provider for the entire family, on top of the

What are the different phases of Medicare Part D coverage?

There are four phases of Medicare Part D coverage you may enter in a plan year. What you pay for covered prescriptions may change as you move through the phases. Coverage phases do not affect monthly premium amounts.

  1. The annual deductible phase — You begin in this phase (if your plan has a deductible). You pay the full cost of your covered prescriptions until you meet your plan’s deductible amount (up to $545 in 2024). The process of meeting the deductible starts over again at the beginning of each year.

    Keep in mind, some deductibles may only apply to drugs on specific tiers.
  2. The initial coverage phase — This is the phase after you have met your deductible (if it applies) and before your total drug costs have reached the initial coverage limit amount (up to $5,030 in 2024). In this phase, you pay a copayment or coinsurance for each covered prescription you fill until your total drug costs reach the initial coverage limit.
  3. The coverage gap phase (donut hole)  —This begins after your total drug costs for covered prescription drugs reaches the initial coverage limit amount (up to $5,030 in 2024). In this phase, you’ll pay no more than 25% of the cost for covered brand or generic prescription drugs. This phase ends when you have spent enough to qualify for catastrophic coverage ($8,000 in 2024).

    Some people will never enter the coverage gap because their drug costs won’t be high enough.
  4. The catastrophic coverage phase — You move from the coverage gap to this phase if your out-of-pocket drug spending for the year reaches $8,000 in 2024. In this phase, the plan pays the full cost of your covered Part D prescription drugs and you’ll pay a $0 copay for the rest of the year.

Note: The excluded drugs covered by some of Aetna prescription drug plans as an enhanced benefit — such as prescription vitamins — will be a $0 copay at preferred pharmacies in this phase. At standard pharmacies, initial coverage phase cost-sharing will apply.

BasiCare Plus on the other hand has no deductibles, $0 copay from day 1.

What drugs are covered by Medicare Part D?

  • Each plan has a formulary (drug list) showing which drugs it will cover, the tier a drug is on, any limits or requirements and mail-order availability.
  • Both generic and brand drugs are covered under Part D. Visit our formulary FAQ page to learn more.
  • generic drug is a prescription drug that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as having the same active ingredient(s) as the brand-name drug. Generally, a “generic” drug works the same as a brand-name drug and usually costs less.
  • brand-name drug is a prescription drug that is made and sold by the company that originally researched and developed the drug. A brand-name drug has the same active ingredients and formula as its generic version.

What is NOT covered by a Aetna prescription prescription drug plans?

Here are some examples of what Part D prescription drug plans do not cover:

  • Drugs given in hospitals or doctors’ offices that are already covered under Part A or Part B
  • Any drugs not listed on a plan’s drug formulary (except in special circumstances)
  • Non-prescription drugs or prescription vitamins (other than prenatal vitamins). Other examples include weight loss or weight gain, hair growth and/or erectile dysfunction drugs.

SilverScript® Plus (PDP) and some of our MAPD plans include coverage for some excluded drugs not normally covered by Medicare Part D. This includes a variety of prescription vitamins and generic erectile dysfunction drugs.

Disclaimer: The materials available on this site are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as advice or guarantees on any subject matter. The opinions and statements expressed through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of JAUNTIN’. This blog contains general information which may not be current or accurate. For specific questions about insurance and any requirements, please contact your insurer or health benefit provider directly.


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