doughnut hole


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doughnut hole

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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) US a funding shortfall in the standard drug benefit offered by many Medicare prescription drug plans
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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.
van Vliet note in "Risk-Adjusting the Doughnut Hole to Improve Efficiency and Equity," a key issue for policymakers concerns the appropriate level of medical spending to locate the doughnut hole in order to obtain the strongest incentives for cost containment.
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.
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.
The Democrats, who now control both houses of Congress, have made elimination of the so-called doughnut hole (see the box below) a major objective in the first hundred days of the 110th Congress.
Part Doughnut Hole," no one has as yet been able to comprehend it, though it seems to work fine for people who are willing to substitute shark cartilage and lemon grass tea for prescription drugs.
People taking one of the disease-modifying therapies--which typically cost $16,000 to $22,000 a year--find that they hit this doughnut hole in the first few months.
The majority of ESRD beneficiaries will have medication costs that land them in the doughnut hole," said Uptal Patel, MD of Duke University and lead author of the study.