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Larger Medicare Part D premiums and out-of-pocket costs. The average monthly Part D premium will increase by 11 percent in 2010 if beneficiaries remain in their current plans, according to a recent analysis of 2010 plans by researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Georgetown University, and the University of Chicago. About 61 percent of drug plans will charge a deductible in 2010, and 80 percent will have a coverage gap--or "doughnut hole"--during which beneficiaries must pay 100 percent of their drug costs, up from 45 percent and 75 percent respectively this year. "For those in a plan that increases its premium, people who have their Part D premiums deducted from their Social Security check could see a reduction in their Social Security payments beginning in January," says Tricia Neuman, director of the Medicare Policy Project at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Same old,same old!! You have (had) to go through the trouble of comparing plans again at the end of the year to find the best for 2010. As near as I could tell they all raised the premiums etc. in anticipation of the things they promised to do get the un-"reform" bill with more coverage passed!