Monday, August 31, 2009
Part D premiums will rise, but seniors spending "the doughnut hole" may be better off
Robert Pear has an arcane but detailed article on p A12 of the New York Times today, “Health bill would cut drug spending for many on Medicare, Budget Office says”, link here.
The essence of the story is that Medicare may increase Part D premiums somewhat over the years, but some seniors who have to spend money in the “doughnut hole” (like a coffee cup, I know, from topology!) of Part D coverage may wind up spending less out of pocket. This is all part of an indirect result of budget trimming in the overall health care reform discussion process.
Again, it comes down to a matter of those do no not use services helping pay for those who do.