Medicare Part D 2009 Data Spotlight: The Coverage Gap
Publication Date: November 2008
Publisher(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Keywords: Entitlement Programs; Medical Costs
Coverage: United States
This data spotlight examines the coverage gap, or "doughnut hole," in Medicare drug plans available in 2009. While in the gap in coverage, Part D enrollees (other than those receiving low-income subsidies) are required to pay 100 percent of total drug costs until they reach the catastrophic coverage level. The spotlight is one in a series analyzing key aspects of the Medicare Part D drug plans that will be available to beneficiaries in 2009.