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Thinking about health, Medicare and drug coverage

 

Last updated 12/18/2017 at Noon



Wendell Potter

Rural Health News Service

Special to Valley News

One of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act to Medicare beneficiaries has been the gradual closing of a big and costly gap called the “doughnut hole” in the prescription drug program, Medicare Part D. By the end of 2020 – if “Obamacare” is not repealed or altered substantially by Congress – the doughnut hole will be completely closed.

In 2010, people hit the “doughnut-hole” coverage gap when the total amount they and their plan had paid for prescription drugs reached $2,800 in a coverage...



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