Here are the 2009 premium increases for the 10 most popular Medicare Part D stand-alone drug plans. Open enrollment for 2009 coverage runs until December 31. Experts say this year's changes and big price increases make it worthwhile to carefully evaluate alternative plans.
|Plan||2008 Enrollment||2009 Premium||% Increase from 2008|
|AARP MedicareRx Preferred||2,745,266||$37.03||15.5%|
|Humana PDP Standard||1,500,758||40.83||60.0|
|Humana PDP Enhanced||1,426,756||38.21||63.7|
|Community CCRx Basic||1,097,581||30.18||21.1|
|AARP MedicareRx Saver||829,585||28.69||8.0|
|MedicareRx Rewards Value**||293,818||33.99||34.0|
|Prescriba Rx Bronze||452,924||28.30||20.1|
|Health Net Orange Option 1||448,512||27.31||41.6|
|Top 10 Plans||9,901,240||34.43||30.6|
*Actual monthly premiums differ within plans across geographic regions. Average premiums are weighted, or adjusted, to reflect plan enrollment sizes in these regions.
**Medicare Rx is discontinuing service to many geographic regions in 2009; its 2008 enrollment includes only customers in regions it will continue serving.
Source: Avalere Health LLC