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Planning Ahead: Recommendations for Plan Finder, Inspired by Beneficiaries

Summer, 2011

By 2010, the majority of Medicare beneficiaries, over 27 million, had purchased prescription drug coverage through Medicare Part D. For help navigating their Part D coverage options, many Medicare beneficiaries turn to Plan Finder, an online tool created and maintained by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Intended for use by current and prospective Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers, counselors, and health care professionals, Plan Finder allows the user to input the beneficiary’s current coverage information, necessary prescription drugs, dosages and frequency. The tool then yields a list of recommended plans…