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Tuesday, October 3

Sen: Medicare Part D Protest Against DeWine (R) in Toledo Thursday

Adam McDaniel of the Alliance for Retired Americans wrote me to say that on Thursday, October 5th, at 11:30 am there will be a press conference on the "doughnut hole" gap in Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, and a delivery of doughnut holes to Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Cedarville), outside DeWine's District Office in Toledo at 420 Madison Avenue, Room 1225. Adam writes:
The doughnut hole sticks seniors with an unexpected $3,000 in prescription drug expenses during a period when they're forced to pay full premiums, but not get any coverage for them. That's a pretty bad deal for a person on a fixed income. ...

[T]his doughnut hole coverage gap affects those with annual drug costs between $2,251 and $5,100. As many as 7 million Medicare beneficiaries are projected to fall into the doughnut hole by year’s end, and they're getting increasingly upset about it, since it just kicked in on Sept. 22.
Speakers at the event will include Dave Williams of the Sheet Metal Workers Union and Norm Wernet of the Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans, along with victims of the doughnut hole. After the conference, voters will deliver doughnut holes to DeWine’s office "to register their outrage over Congress’s do-nothing attitude toward seniors."

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