Some Face Higher Costs from Medicare Drug Plan

Prescription drugs

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About 30 million Medicare beneficiaries are expected to sign up for the new drug benefit that begins in 2006. Low-income beneficiaries will get significant help under the new law. But a quarter of those who sign up will pay more for the coverage than they'll get back in benefits, a Kaiser Family Foundation study finds. Hear NPR's Julie Rovner.

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