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Democrats vow to close Medicare ‘doughnut hole’
San Francisco Chronicle - Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer

It’s an annual ordeal for many seniors living on a budget. Medicare’s coverage gap for prescription drugs — $3,610 next year — has steadily gotten bigger since the benefit’s inception. But if Democrats have their way on health care overhaul, the dreaded “doughnut hole” will shrink by $500 right away and go away altogether by 2019.