NEED TO KNOW: HEALTH

First Robin of Spring?

Suddenly, Medicare is growing much more slowly than expected, and nobody knows why. Still, no one's complaining.

Morton Genser poses with his prescription drugs Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 at his home in Tamarac, Fla. Lawmakers trying to woo seniors skeptical of their health care overhaul have been emphasizing their plan to close the "doughnut hole," a gap in Medicare drug coverage that can cost a person thousands of dollars a year. For some, trying to avoid the doughnut hole has become a science. Genser's wife Maida meticulously keeps track of her 72-year-old husband's drug costs, tallying statements as they arrive in and trying to determine when he'll hit the threshold. Genser takes numerous pills every day to control diabetes, blood pressure and other problems. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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