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Issue Position: Closing the Donut Hole in Prescription Drug Coverage

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Previously, Medicare did not provide any coverage for prescription drug costs between $2,840 and $6,447 per year -- causing a "donut hole" or coverage gap for prescription drugs. Now, thanks to legislation I have supported, recipients whose drug costs fall within the donut hole are receiving a 50% discount on brand-name prescription drugs. The out-of-pocket costs for seniors' drug costs falling in the donut hole will be further reduced incrementally until it is completely eliminated in 2020. The Republican budget plan would reinstate the donut hole. It would also repeal the new provision that provides free annual checkups without co-pays.


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