The instability of a Medicare drug benefit available only through private insurers means fluctuating plan premiums, drug prices, formularies and utilization management restrictions for Americans with Medicare, most of whom are locked into their plans for the year, the report found. Each year, the poorest, most vulnerable people with Medicare who get "extra help," the federal subsidy to help pay drug plan costs, are forced out of their plans when premiums rise. For 2008, as many as 1.6 million people will be reassigned to a different drug plan due to increased premiums.
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