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One study that CVS Caremark conducted with Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston found that beneficiaries who had to pay the full cost of brand-name medications when they hit the doughnut hole were twice as likely to stop taking them altogether than to switch to generics.
Tavenner: About 8 million Medicare beneficiaries are expected to reach the prescription drug coverage gap that we call the doughnut hole this year.
Scarcity: Nationally, only 38 of the 2,844 available plans for the 2007 plan year offer meaningful doughnut hole coverage, compared with 55 of 2,182 plans offered for the 2006 plan year.
Starting in 2007, when most participants will be enrolled for the full year, the doughnut hole will transfer costs of about $20 billion to beneficiaries--these are costs beneficiaries will have to cover out of pocket, thanks to the doughnut hole.
Premiums, deductibles, and the doughnut hole will be "indexed," meaning they could increase each year.
We conclude that risk-adjusting the doughnut hole is not just expected to increase incentives for cost containment, but also to reduce the difference in out-of-pocket expenses between the healthy and the chronically ill.
If you think you've reached the doughnut hole and don't receive your check within a few months, having your receipts handy will be helpful when talking to Medicare.
Medicare Part D enrollees who are in the doughnut hole will receive their discounts at the pharmacy and will not have to fill out any additional paperwork.
In 2006, more than 12 million Medicare Part D enrollees without low-income subsidies enrolled in plans with limited or no gap coverage throughout the doughnut hole.
Benefit options in HealthPartners Medicare Part D plans include coverage of generic and brand drugs in the doughnut hole (the coverage gap in which enrollees must pay 100 percent after an annual $2,700 spending limit).
TAVENNER: About 8 million Medicare beneficiaries are expected to Medicare beneficiaries drug coverage gap that we call the doughnut hole this year Of those, 4 million will be eligible to get a tax-free, one-time rebate check.
The doughnut hole is a fiendish cost-saving mechanism designed by members of Congress who would themselves seldom, if ever, face such a stark choice in their own medical coverage.