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Old 01-24-2020, 08:20 AM   #1
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Does anyone Understand the Part D Donut Hole Changes?

DH is on Medicare and has a part D policy. He takes a very expensive drug (Humira) and usually immediately goes into the donut hole. I know there are significant changes o the donut hole this year as part of the ACA. I have been reading about the changes but can't really understand them all. Anyone here understand the changes or can anyone refer me to a good article explaining the changes? Thanks!
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This is my understanding of the Part D "donut hole" for 2020, compared to 2019:

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In 2019, Part D beneficiaries paid 37% of the cost of generic drugs while in the donut hole and 25% of the cost for brand name drugs.

In 2020, Part D beneficiaries will pay 25% of the cost for both generic drugs and brand name drugs while in the donut hole coverage gap.
Doesn't look like there will be any change to the coverage of non-generics like Humira.
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REwahoo, thanks, so the donut hole has not really "closed". DH will still have to pay 25% in the donut hole and then 5% for the rest of the year for Humira?

Humira is a miracle drug for DH but I don't understand why there is no less expensive generic drug or "biosimilar" like there is in Europe available in the U.S. The patent for Humira has expired but still no generics.
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Humira is a miracle drug for DH but I don't understand why there is no less expensive generic drug or "biosimilar" like there is in Europe available in the U.S. The patent for Humira has expired but still no generics.
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REwahoo, thanks, so the donut hole has not really "closed". DH will still have to pay 25% in the donut hole and then 5% for the rest of the year for Humira?
Yes, that's how I understand it.
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