Commonly prescribed medications and their monthly cost

Published: March, 2014

Keeping tabs of the cost of your drugs could help warn you about the infamous "doughnut hole" in the Medicare Part D plans.

The doughnut hole is the nickname for the coverage gap in the Part D plans. Under the typical plan, when your total drug costs (not your out-of-pocket expenses, which will be lower) reach $2,251, you'll be without coverage and pay 100% of the cost of the medication until your expenses reach $5,100, at which point the catastrophic coverage (95% of the cost is covered) should kick in.

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