Advocates Call on Congress to Eliminate Drug "Donut Hole"

Consumer advocates are blasting the new Medicare Part D plan and telling seniors to shop around for cheaper drugs.

Statistics show more than 350,000 seniors may fall into what’s called "the donut hole" of coverage under the plan. Those seniors have to pay a so-called "full-cost price" for drugs once they use up their $2200 drug benefit.

"All retirees deserve to be treated with dignity in our older days. We have all given to build this country, whether we’re on foreign soil or domestic soil. And I applaud that the veterans get this break. But we all need this break."

Consumer groups are calling for congress to lift the ban that prevents Medicare from negotiating lower drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.


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