Donut Hole Drug Prices Kept In Check By ACA, Report Says

Law360, New York (October 30, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT) -- Brand-name drug prices increased at a higher rate than normal in the first year of the Affordable Care Act's Medicare Part D discount program, but did not rise any faster for beneficiaries in the “donut hole” than for other beneficiaries, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report Friday.

Among its myriad provisions, the ACA attempts to close the Medicare Part D coverage gap, known as the donut hole, between initial and catastrophic coverage for drugs. Before 2011, beneficiaries paid 100 percent of drug costs when...
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