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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 

Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.

2020Talks - August 12, 2020 

California Sen. Kamala Harris will be on the ticket with Joe Biden in November. Four states had primaries yesterday, and two had runoffs. Georgia and Wisconsin appear to have improved since last time.

Online Tool Helps Californians Avoid The “Doughnut Hole”

July 13, 2009

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - By the end of the year, more than half a million Californians will find themselves in a "doughnut hole" - and it isn't a sweet place to be. The hole represents a coverage gap in Medicare's prescription drug program that leaves individuals to pay for their own drugs costs while still paying premiums.

Mark Beach, senior communications manager with AARP California,says a new online tool called the "Doughnut Hole Calculator" can help older Americans to avoid that coverage gap.

"You start by entering your ZIP Code, and then you enter the drugs that you are prescribed, and you get your report from there and see your options. It's very, very simple."

Beach says research has shown that people cut back on their prescription drugs when costs become unaffordable, which can lead to more serious health conditions and eventual larger health care bills.

"The importance of prescription drugs to maintain our health as we age can't be overstated, so people's health is at stake when they are unable to afford these drugs."

Beach says the calculator will help Californians avoid the doughnut hole by switching to safe, less-expensive medications.

As part of its "Health Action Now" campaign, AARP is calling on Congress to close the doughnut hole and lower prescription drug prices so that no one has to go without.

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Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA