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The annual enrollment period for Medicare — the time each year when beneficiaries can make changes to Part D and Medicare Advantage plans — began last week and will continue through Friday, Dec. 7.
Plans can change their coverage and costs from year to year, so comparing plans during the open enrollment is critical. Plans not renewing their contract with Medicare for 2013 were to have notified their members by Oct. 2.
Two other important changes are coming to Part D next year. The “donut hole” or “coverage gap” will continue to close. In 2013 you will pay 47.5 percent for brand-name drugs covered by the plan, and your cost for generic drugs will be reduced from 86 percent to 79 percent. Each year these costs will drop until the donut hole is closed.
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