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Medicare Beneficiaries’ Drug Costs To Increase in 2009

Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in drug plans with the largest enrollments will pay on average 43% more in monthly premiums in 2009 than when the drug program launched in 2006, according to two analyses. Meanwhile, the government's drug spending on the program fell by 12% in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, mainly because of the increase in use of low-cost generic drugs.

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