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Many People Not Getting Proper Care Due To Medicare Insurance Gap

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Many people are being forced to switch to cheaper and less effective medications to treat their illnesses.

The Insurance Gap was passed to make drug benefits more affordable for the federal government. But not so affordable for the patients.

That's the case for John Gray, who's paying roughly $400 out of pocket every month, to pay for his diabetes medications.

John says his insurance company isn't paying for his old medication, which used to keep his blood sugar low.

Now his blood sugar is in the 200's and he's having other side effects.

"But I've been trying to take this Metformin but my feet right now are hurting so bad I can't even stand here on this concrete, I break that pill in three pieces otherwise I wouldn't get to work," said John Eldon Gray, who's been living with diabetes for 10 years.

Like John there's now more than 3 million people nation wide who are affected by the insurance gap.

It basically means the insurance company has spent all the funds it originally set out to pay for medications, and asks patients to pay thousands of dollars to get coverage again.

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