For 2018, the threshold for entering the doughnut hole is $3,750 worth of drug costs. Once a Medicare enrollee passes that limit, they will have to pay 35 percent of the cost of brand-name drugs and 44 percent of generics.
As of 2019, the coverage gap, also known as the “donut hole”, will no longer exist when Medicare beneficiaries fill their brand-name medications.
There are also ways to reduce Medicare prescription costs, such as using generic drugs, using mail-order pharmacies, and more.
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