Medicare for Financial Planners is a 10-module program designed for planners wanting in-depth knowledge of the rules and regulations regarding Medicare to help clients navigate the Medicare maze. While planners can choose to complete the entire program, there is no specific sequence and each course module can be taken individually on its own.

This course addresses Medicare Part D, the part of Medicare that covers most outpatient prescription drugs either through a stand-alone Part D plan or included in a Medicare Advantage Plan. You will learn how each Part D plan covers different drugs on its formulary, take a closer look at the drugs Part D and Part B cover, and find out which drugs are excluded from Medicare coverage. The course also details the cost structure of Part D plans, particularly the way premiums, deductibles, and copay/coinsurance amounts can vary, depending on the plan. We provide detailed explanations and examples to illustrate the four different phases of Part D coverage in any given calendar year: the deductible phase, the initial coverage period, the donut hole or coverage gap, and catastrophic coverage. We will also explore common coverage restrictions, including prior authorization, quantity limits, and step therapy. Finally, we’ll introduce Medicare Plan Finder, an online tool that helps individuals compare and find a Part D plan that works for them. 

Level of Complexity: Intermediate

Course Information
Course Date:
March 16, 2018
Course Objectives
  • Understand Part D costs and coverage throughout the year
  • Use Plan Finder to choose a drug plan
  • Identify which types of drugs Part D does and does not cover
  • Explain coverage restrictions that Part D plans can place on covered drugs
Part D (Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit))
Speaker Information
Medicare Rights Center  [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Financial Planning Association
CFP CE: 1.50
Products
Streaming
FPA Member Price:$25.00
Non-Member Price:$45.00