‘Doughnut hole’ must be closed now

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 12, 2009

Dear Editor,

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. Medicare Part D coverage gaps are a big part of the problem.

This month, senators will be deciding whether to close the “doughnut hole;” and any health reform package that does not fix such a glaring problem with the current system would simply leave millions of older Americans behind.

Please pass on this information. We must close this doughnut hole.

Anthony (Tony) Brown