UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust
Prescription Drug Coverage While On Medicare
Effective January 1, 2013, the Trust implemented a Medicare group-sponsored prescription drug plan (excludes some HMO plans.) The prescription drug plan is offered through Express Scripts Medicare™ (PDP) on behalf of the Trust. (Express Scripts was formerly Medco). 

The overall benefit remains similar to the non-Medicare prescription drug coverage today. For example, the three-tier copay structure, 90-day mail order program and a requirement of prior authorization for certain medications remain the same. Newly eligible Medicare members will receive a new, separate prescription drug ID card. It is important that you present your new prescription drug card to your pharmacy when filling prescriptions after receiving your new card.

Medicare "Extra Help" Program
Don't leave $4,000 a year on the table when you pay for your medications. That's the value of "Extra Help," a government program for low-income seniors under the Medicare Part D program. More than 2 million people are eligible, but haven't signed up.

The Trust is working with Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) to assist members who may qualify for Extra Help from Medicare. Medicare beneficiaries can qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug costs. To qualify for the Extra Help, you must be receiving Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in the United States. 

For 2016, resources and income must be limited to:
  • Resources must be limited to $13,640 for an individual or $27,250 for a married couple living together (including bank accounts, stocks and bonds).
  • Annual income must be limited to $17,655 for an individual or $23,895 for a married couple living together.
Call PCG toll-free at 1-877-522-1061, visit or email to find out if you are eligible for Extra Help through Medicare.

PCG can help you file your application for Extra Help. Pursuing Extra Help is completely your decision. It is our intent to simply offer a free service to assist members with the process. If eligible, these benefits may provide you lower copays for your prescription medications

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