I'm married, do I apply with my spouse, or do I apply by myself?
If you are simply enrolling in a Medicare Part D plan, then you enroll by yourself. Your spouse will enroll separately. However, if you want to apply for Medicare Part D "extra help" program (also known as the Low Income Subsidy), you may apply as a couple.

Extra help is a program designed to help limited means Medicare participants with their Medicare Part D costs. There is an application process for the Medicare Part D extra help that is separate from Medicare Part D plan enrollment. Not all Medicare participants will be eligible for the extra help program, but all Medicare beneficiaries may participate in Medicare Part D. For more information on the Medicare Part D extra help program, see "What if I cannot afford my Part D costs?".

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1. What is Medicare Part D?
2. Who is eligible for Part D benefits?
3. Who will provide my prescription drug coverage?
4. Is participation required?
5. How do I know if I will have to pay a late enrollment penalty?
6. How do I sign up for a Medicare Part D plan?
7. When can I enroll in a Part D plan?
8. Can I change Part D Plans?
9. I'm married, do I apply with my spouse, or do I apply by myself?
10. Which drugs will Medicare Part D Plans cover?
11. Can a Part D Plan Provider change which drugs they cover?
12. What if I need a drug that is not covered by my Part D plan?
13. Where can I purchase prescription drugs if I enroll in Part D?
14. How much will Part D cost?
15. What can I expect to pay for my Part D Plan?
16. What is the difference between a co-pay and co-insurance?
17. Are the Part D Plans comprehensive or are there gaps in coverage?
18. What if I can not afford my Part D costs?
19. Will the rich pay more than the poor?
20. Why does it cost so much?
21. What if I am currently participating in a Medicare Savings Program such as SLMB, QMB, SLMB Plus, or a program that helps pay Medicare premiums?
22. What if I am currently receiving prescription drug coverage through SeniorCare?
23. If I currently receive prescription drug benefits through my Veterans Benefits, should I apply for Medicare Part D?