Important Notice from Eugene School District 4J About
Your Prescription Drug Coverage and Medicare
Please read this notice carefully and keep it where you can find it. This notice has
information about your current prescription drug coverage with Eugene School District
4J and prescription drug coverage available for people with Medicare. It also explains
the options you have under Medicare prescription drug coverage and can help you
decide whether or not you want to enroll. At the end of this notice is information about
where you can get help to make decisions about your prescription drug coverage.
1. Medicare prescription drug coverage became available in 2006 to everyone with
Medicare through Medicare prescription drug plans and Medicare Advantage Plans
that offer prescription drug coverage. All Medicare prescription drug plans provide
at least a standard level of coverage set by Medicare. Some plans may also offer
more coverage for a higher monthly premium.
2. Eugene School District 4J has determined that the prescription drug coverage
offered by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon is, on average for all plan
participants, expected to pay out as much as the standard Medicare prescription
drug coverage will pay and is considered Creditable Coverage.
Because your existing coverage is on average at least as good as standard
Medicare prescription drug coverage, you can keep this coverage and not pay
extra if you later decide to enroll in Medicare prescription drug coverage.
Individuals can enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan when they first become eligible for
Medicare and each year from November 15th through December 31st. Beneficiaries leaving
employer/union coverage may be eligible for a Special Enrollment Period to sign up for a
Medicare prescription drug plan.
You should compare your current coverage, including which drugs are covered, with the
coverage and cost o