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brochure or publication:
How the Coverage Gap works for People with Medicare Prescription Drug Plans
source:Cornell University (College of Human Ecology) Medicare Part D
file size:4 pg. languages: English date:August 2006
from the brochure: "Once a person reaches $2,250 in total drug costs (not including premiums), there is a gap in Medicare’s coverage. While the person is in this coverage gap, the plan will pay nothing toward their drug costs. But the person will pay the drug plan’s discounted rate for their drugs during this time.."
Seniors Struggle over Medicare Drug Gap Coverage
source:NPR (National Public Radio)
from the web page: "Most plans participating with Medicare operate this way; they help people pay for their prescriptions in the beginning but stop paying when costs get higher, and start again when costs reach the catastrophic range. But for seniors on a limited income and with high medication costs, the so-called coverage gap is no small problem...."
Millions of Seniors Facing Medicare 'Doughnut Hole'
from the web page: "Millions of older Americans are confronting a temporary break in their Medicare drug coverage this month that will require them to pay the full cost of their prescriptions or face the painful prospect of going without... This is the "doughnut hole"...."