Saving money with the Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act will save money for people with Medicare by improving access to affordable treatments and strengthening the Medicare program. Here’s what the law means for you:

Lower drug costs & improved Part D coverage

  • The cost of a month’s supply of each Part D-covered insulin will be capped at $35, and you won’t have to pay a deductible for insulin, starting on January 1, 2023.
    • If you get a 60- or 90-day supply of insulin, your costs can’t be more than $35 for each month’s supply of each covered insulin.
    • If you take insulin through a traditional pump that is covered under Medicare’s durable medical equipment benefit, that insulin is covered under Medicare Part B — these benefits go into effect on July 1, 2023.
    • Get more information about this new insulin benefit.
  • If you have drug costs high enough to reach the catastrophic coverage phase in your Medicare drug coverage, you won’t have to pay a copayment or coinsurance, starting in 2024.
  • Extra Help affording prescription drug coverage (the Part D Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) program) will expand to certain people with limited resources who earn less than 150% of the federal poverty level, starting in 2024.
  • Your yearly Part D out-of-pocket costs will be capped at $2,000, starting in 2025. You’ll also have the option to pay out-of-pocket costs in monthly amounts over the plan year, instead of when they happen.

Medicare will negotiate to get you lower drug prices

For the first time, Medicare will be able to negotiate directly with manufacturers for the price of certain high-spending brand-name Medicare Part B and Part D drugs that don’t have competition.

  • In 2023, we’ll announce the first 10 drugs selected for negotiation.
    • Negotiated prices for these first 10 drugs will be effective in 2026.
  • Medicare will select and negotiate costs for:
    • 15 Part D drugs in 2025 (effective in 2027).
    • 15 Part B and Part D drugs in 2026 (effective in 2028).
    • 20 Part B and Part D drugs in 2027 (effective in 2029).
    • 20 Part B and Part drugs in 2028 and every year after.
  • Manufacturers that don’t follow the negotiation requirements will have to pay a tax, and will have to pay penalties if they don’t fulfill other manufacturer requirements.

Better access to vaccines

Starting in 2023, people with Medicare Part D drug coverage will pay nothing out-of-pocket for even more vaccines, including the shingles vaccine, that are recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Do I need to do anything?

If you take insulin, get help comparing plan options and costs for 2023: