Medicare’s prescription-drug-coverage gap will shrink by almost 40 percent this year, the Associated Press reported on Sunday. The average beneficiary who lands in the coverage gap, sometimes known as "the doughnut hole," will see his or her prescription-drug expenses fall from $1,504 to $901 this year, the AP reported, citing Medicare’s Office of the Actuary.
Health care reform legislation aims to phase out the gap by 2020. This year, seniors get a 50 percent discount on brand-name drugs, the AP reported. Next year, the discount on generics will be higher.