doughnut hole


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doughnut hole

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) US a funding shortfall in the standard drug benefit offered by many Medicare prescription drug plans
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Prior to 2010, the doughnut hole caused beneficiaries to defer, if not abandon, use of prescription medications, which in turn impacted pharmacies dispensing those drugs.
in addition to Doritos Locos Tacos and the Cap'n Crunch Delights, basically a doughnut hole covered with Quaker Oats Co.
PPACA is eliminating plans' ability to promote doughnut hole benefits by phasing out the doughnut hole, and enrollment in the "third plans" now accounts for just 2 percent of enrollment in stand-alone plans, officials say.
Top each doughnut hole with a dab of white or yellow frosting, then gently press a chocolate chip into each.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services soon will partner with CVS Caremark, Walgreens, Thrifty White, Walmart, and Sam's Club to provide Medicare beneficiaries educational materials on the Medicare Wellness Visit and other preventive services, as well as on the doughnut hole associated with Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage.
A simplified version of this concept is graphically shown in Figure 1, with d referring to the doughnut hole and s referring to the point where the doughnut hole begins.
Despite this cost, it included a massive doughnut hole in coverage, forcing seniors with significant pharmaceutical needs to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket.
In 2010, those seniors reaching the doughnut hole will begin to receive rebates.
One of the first provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to take effect is the $250 rebate for Medicare beneficiaries who fall into the Part D doughnut hole.
Next year, patient cost sharing for brand name drugs will be cut in half, and the doughnut hole will be closed completely by 2020.
Seniors whose prescription drug costs push them into the Medicare Part D doughnut hole receive a $250 rebate.
Each year, over 36,000 New Hampshire seniors hit the Medicare Part D "doughnut hole" Starting this year, seniors who experience this gap in their prescription drag coverage will receive a $250 check to help them through the doughnut hole.