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Look Before You Leap: Allsup Cautions Medicare Recipients about the Prescription Drug Donut Hole
Date:12/5/2008

Knowing prescription drug needs and options is essential for enrolling in the right Medicare plan

Belleville, IL (PRWEB) December 5, 2008 -- Millions of people never hear of the Medicare prescription drug "donut hole" until they've fallen into debt trying to climb out, according to Allsup, a leading provider of Social Security disability, financial and healthcare-related services to people with disabilities. The issue is particularly acute for individuals with disabilities relying on a variety of costly medications to try to manage chronic conditions.

"If you have high prescription drug costs, then you really owe it to yourself to look at what options are available to help you either avoid falling into the donut hole or minimize your exposure," said, Paul Gada, personal financial planning director and product manager for Allsup Medicare Advisor . The service helps people with disabilities choose the best, most affordable Medicare plan to meet their specific needs.

The Dollars before the Donut Hole

The donut hole is a coverage gap in Medicare's standard prescription drug plan. For 2009, the gap begins after the cost of a Medicare beneficiary's prescription drugs, including the patient's own deductibles and co-pays, has reached $2,700. The individual then is responsible for directly paying the next $3,453.75 until total drug costs have reached $6,153.75. At this point, catastrophic coverage sets in and Medicare again begins covering costs.

"Many people are shocked to find out how quickly they actually reach the donut hole," said Gada. "They only look at the costs they'v
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