Definition: If you have a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the coverage gap is when Medicare temporarily stops paying for your prescriptions. If you are in the coverage gap, you have to pay the entire cost of your medications.
Also Known As: donut hole
Examples:For 2009, if you have a Medicare Part D drug plan, your initial drug coverage limit is $2,700. Once you meet that limit, you enter the coverage gap and you are 100% responsible for the next $3453 of medication costs.
To learn about ways to save on your drugs when you hit the coverage gap, check out How to Save Money on Your Medications.