Lowering mild to moderate blood pressure, Diovan can be a life-saving medication, especially for those living with chronic heart failure. Diovan, or the generic Valsartan, is part of the angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) family of medications, and can reduce the risk of death caused by the constriction of blood vessels.
If you are eligible for Medicare, you may be able to get help paying for your prescription of Diovan. If you are given Diovan as an inpatient during a hospital stay, Medicare Part A may help cover the cost, but Medicare Part A and Part B do not generally cover prescription medications outside of an inpatient hospital setting. With this in mind, many people with Original Medicare choose to enroll in a stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) or decide to switch to a Medicare Advantage plan with prescription drug coverage.
Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage can help cover the cost of medications prescribed by your physician to maintain and improve your health. You can either enroll in a stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan to supplement Original Medicare coverage, or choose to enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan with prescription drug coverage (MA-PD). Each plan will have its own formulary, or list of covered drugs. Before enrolling, compare the coverage and costs listed for Diovan. Tiers of pricing will vary based on brand name, generic or mail order medications.
If you are already enrolled in prescription drug coverage, but your needs have changed during the past year, you can explore your options during Medicare’s Annual Election Period. From October 15 through December 7, you can search for other plans that may better suit your needs. Make changes to your coverage and enroll in a different plan by December 7.