Enhanced Alternative (EA) benefits means a Part D drug plan provides cost-sharing on drugs beyond what is required. These plans may include lower deductibles, a reduction of cost-sharing during the initial coverage phase, an increased coverage limit, additional gap coverage, and more.

TIP: There are four benefits types for Part D drug plans: Defined Standard (DS), Actuarially Equivalent (AE), Basic Alternative (BA), and Enhanced Alternative (EA). Learn more about the Medicare Part D Plan Benefit Types.