Medicare gap stops some from buying medicine

August 21, 2008 2:03:21 PM PDT
A costly gap in medical insurance is causing elderly people to stop taking their medicine. The Kaiser Family Foundation says more than 3 million older and disabled people hit a gap in their Medicare drug coverage in 2007.

They were forced to pay the entire cost of their prescription medication until they spent almost $4,000 out of pocket and insurance kicked in again.

About 15 percent of those people stopped buying prescriptions to save money.

Researchers hope a new president and a new Congress will consider changing the drug benefit program