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Medicare "donut hole" being filled

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  One day after President Obama signed into law health care reform, it's becoming clearer who will see direct impacts right now. 

John Sims is a retired grandfather of two.  Health concerns have him on almost a dozen different medications.  That's why he is on Medicare Plan D to help pay for it all.

John says he's one of the estimated 160,000 seniors statewide in the dreaded donut hole--where he pays a fraction of the cost until roughly $2,800.  After that he's responsible for 100% until Medicare money kicks back in. 

But that will soon change; eventually the government will pay roughly 75% of all costs, potentially saving John and other seniors thousands of dollars.