Originally Posted By: petesimac


BEGINS TO CLOSE THE MEDICARE PART D DONUT HOLE—Provides a $250 rebate to Medicare beneficiaries who hit the donut hole in 2010. Effective for calendar year 2010. (Beginning in 2011, institutes a 50% discount on brand-name drugs in the donut hole; also completely closes the donut hole by 2020.)

Aargh, I'm pretty disgusted with this! $250 for those who hit the donut hole, a big whoop-ti-do! Closed by 2020?? And who really believes the current congress has much control over the budget 10 years in the future?

You'd think with all that money they've earmarked for this bill, it could be addressed NOW tongue2

On the other side, the "no lifetime caps on coverage" provision will start helping people in the near future