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.