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Arkansas Part D Plans

How to get drug coverage?

Medicare beneficiaries can obtain prescription drug coverage by enrolling in a Medicare stand alone prescription drug plan (Part D) or by enrolling in a Medicare Advantage plan (Part C) with a drug component.

Enrollment in 2016

In 2016, 306,615 enrolled in a Stand Alone Arkansas Prescription Drug Plan and 111,468 enrolled in an Arkansas Medicare Advantage Plan with prescription drug coverage.

Costs for Medicare drug coverage

Medicare drug plans cover a portion of all covered prescription drug costs after the enrollee has paid their annual drug deductible. However an enrollee’s actual drug costs will depend on their drug plan’s cost-sharing requirements for each drug tier, whether they use a preferred pharmacy in the plan’s network, whether their drugs are listed in the plan’s formulary (and if so, the tier in which the drugs are listed), and whether the enrollee is eligible for income-based subsidies.

Arkansas 2017 Medicare Part D Plans at a glance

Using CMS data HealthPocket found that:

  • The average monthly premium for a 2017 Medicare prescription drug plan in Arkansas is $48.39, 9.08% less than the national average of $53.22. The lowest available Medicare Part D monthly premium in the state of Arkansas in 2017 is $15.70.
  • The maximum possible annual drug deductible in any 2017 Medicare drug plan is $400, but in Arkansas the average annual drug deductible for Medicare Part D plans is $237.25. 40% of Medicare Part D insurance plans in Arkansas have a $0 annual drug deductible.

To assist seniors in choosing Medicare plans, CMS assigns star ratings to Medicare Part D plans each year based on customer service, member complaints, member satisfaction, patient safety, and drug pricing. Ratings range from 1 star (a poor plan) to 5 stars (an excellent plan).

  • The average CMS star rating assigned to Medicare Part D insurance plans in Arkansas was 3.3 stars in 2017.
  • Among Arkansas's 2017 Medicare prescription drug plans with CMS star ratings:
    • 30% earned a score of 4 or 4.5 stars
    • 45% earned a score of 3 or 3.5 stars
    • 20% earned a score of 2.5 stars
    • 5% of plans are “Not enough data available”.

Sources:

Medicare Enrollment Dashboard:

https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/CMSProgramStatistics/Dashboard.html

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Arkansas Medicare Part D Insurance Companies

There are 15 Part D insurance providers that offer affordable and comprehensive Part D insurance in Arkansas. Of these, the companies that offer the largest variety of plans to choose from are UnitedHealthcare, WellCare, and Humana. In Arkansas,. The following are all medicare insurance providers in Arkansas:

WellCare

3 Plans

Humana

3 Plans

HISC - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma

3 Plans

Members Health Insurance Company

2 Plans

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama

2 Plans

Aetna

2 Plans

Magellan Rx Medicare

1 Plans

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2018 Best Medicare Part D Plans in Arkansas

There are 35 medicare part d plans in Arkansas. The following are the 10 highest rated part d plans in Arkansas based on their CMS rating for the plan's overall quality.

Monthly CostPlan NameCMS Rating
from $16SilverScript - SilverScript Choice (PDP)
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from $22ExpressScripts - Express Scripts Medicare - Saver (PDP)
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from $28ExpressScripts - Express Scripts Medicare - Value (PDP)
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from $46SilverScript - SilverScript Plus (PDP)
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from $81UnitedHealthcare - AARP MedicareRx Preferred (PDP)
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from $85ExpressScripts - Express Scripts Medicare - Choice (PDP)
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from $17Aetna - Aetna Medicare Rx Select (PDP)
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from $20Humana - Humana Walmart Rx Plan (PDP)
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from $21Humana - Humana Preferred Rx Plan (PDP)
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from $26HISC - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma - Blue Cross MedicareRx Basic (PDP)
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Best Arkansas Part D Plans for patients with High Blood Pressure

The following are the 5 highest rated medicare part d plans in Arkansas based on their CMS rating of the plan's medication adherence for hypertension.

Monthly CostPlan NameCMS Rating
from $74Members Health Insurance Company - Farm Bureau Select Rx (PDP)Not Rated
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from $46Farm Bureau Health Plans - Farm Bureau Essential Rx (PDP)Not Rated
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from $69Magellan Rx Medicare - Magellan Rx Medicare Basic (PDP)
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from $52Cigna-HealthSpring - Cigna-HealthSpring Rx Secure-Extra (PDP)
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from $27Cigna-HealthSpring - Cigna-HealthSpring Rx Secure (PDP)
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Best Arkansas Part D Plans for patients with High Cholesterol

The following are the 5 highest rated medicare part d plans in Arkansas based on their CMS rating of the plan's medication adherence for cholesterol.

Monthly CostPlan NameCMS Rating
from $74Members Health Insurance Company - Farm Bureau Select Rx (PDP)Not Rated
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from $46Farm Bureau Health Plans - Farm Bureau Essential Rx (PDP)Not Rated
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from $69Magellan Rx Medicare - Magellan Rx Medicare Basic (PDP)
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from $52Cigna-HealthSpring - Cigna-HealthSpring Rx Secure-Extra (PDP)
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from $27Cigna-HealthSpring - Cigna-HealthSpring Rx Secure (PDP)
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Best Arkansas Part D Plans for patients with Diabetes

The following are the 5 highest rated medicare plans in Arkansas based on their CMS rating for the plan's ability for diabetes treatment and the plan's medication adherence for oral diabetes medications.

Monthly CostPlan NameCMS Rating
from $74Members Health Insurance Company - Farm Bureau Select Rx (PDP)Not Rated
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from $46Farm Bureau Health Plans - Farm Bureau Essential Rx (PDP)Not Rated
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from $69Magellan Rx Medicare - Magellan Rx Medicare Basic (PDP)
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from $52Cigna-HealthSpring - Cigna-HealthSpring Rx Secure-Extra (PDP)
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from $27Cigna-HealthSpring - Cigna-HealthSpring Rx Secure (PDP)
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Most Popular Medicare Doctors in Arkansas

The following are the most popular medicare doctors in Arkansas based on the provider utilization and payment data published by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

NameSpecialtyLocation
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery)LITTLE ROCK, AR
Internal MedicineFAYETTEVILLE, AR
Internal MedicineLITTLE ROCK, AR
Orthopaedic SurgeryLITTLE ROCK, AR
UrologyLITTLE ROCK, AR
RadiologyLITTLE ROCK, AR
UrologyNORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery)LITTLE ROCK, AR
Internal MedicineSPRINGDALE, AR
Internal MedicineLITTLE ROCK, AR
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Browse Part D Plans by Cities

  1. Little Rock, AR
  2. Fort Smith, AR
  3. Fayetteville, AR
  4. Springdale, AR
  5. North Little Rock, AR
  6. Jonesboro, AR
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