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May 12, 2008

Medicare Part D – 2009 Benefit Limits

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have released the 2009 cost of living adjustments for Medicare Part D prescription drug benefits.  The following are selected modified limits relating to the standard drug benefit and the retiree drug subsidy.

Standard Benefit Design

 

2008

2009

Deductible

$275

$295

Initial coverage limit

$2,510

$2,700

Out-of-pocket Threshold

$4,050

$4,350

Minimum cost-sharing in catastrophic
coverage portion of benefit:

-  Generic/preferred multi-source drug

-  Other

 


$2.25

$5.60

 


$2.40

$6.00

 

Retiree Drug Subsidy Amounts

 

2008

2009

Cost Threshold

$275

$295

Cost Limit

$5,600

$6,000

 

The information contained in this Benefit Beat is not intended to be legal, accounting, or other professional advice, nor are these comments directed to specific situations.

As required by U.S. Treasury rules, we inform you that, unless expressly stated otherwise, any U.S. federal tax advice contained in this Benefit Beat is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, by any person for the purpose of avoiding any penalties that may be imposed by the Internal Revenue Service.

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