Medicare Part D "Downpayment": Coverage Gap Relief Added To Senate Health Reform Bill
This article was originally published in RPM Report
Senate compromise attempts to meet in the middle by offering additional donut hole relief without using Part D dual-eligible rebates to pay for closing the coverage gap altogether.
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