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Close Medicare ‘doughnut hole’

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In 2007, 3.4 million Medicare recipients fell into the “doughnut hole” responsible for covering their entire drug costs, but also requiring them to pay their Medicare Part D premiums. Nearly 20 percent of Medicare recipients delayed or did not fill a medical prescription because costs were too high. And Medicare Part D coverage gaps are a big part of the problem. This week, senators will be deciding whether to close the “doughnut hole.” Any health reform package that does not fix such a glaring problem with the current system would simply leave millions of older Americans behind. Danny DeTora, Citrus Heights