Medicare’s ‘catastrophic insurance’ can be a catastrophe for middle-income seniors

(By Erin E. Trish and Geoffrey F. Joyce for STAT)

Pam Holt, a teacher and school administrator in Granger, Indiana, was looking forward to her retirement. After her husband died when she was 40, she raised three children alone. She paid into a pension, made Medicare and Social Security contributions, accumulated some savings, and was only three years away from paying off her mortgage when, at age 66, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that originates in bone marrow. Fortunately for her, taking a pill called Revlimid, made by Celgene, can hold the disease at bay. But its cost began eating her up. Continue reading article here…

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