Medicare beneficiaries in California will pay an average of $25.41 monthly for outpatient prescription drug coverage next year, the lowest in the country, according to figures released by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Californians will choose from 19 plans offering varying premiums and deductibles. Louisiana Medicare beneficiaries face the highest average premium of $36.85 monthly. Enrollment in Medicare drug coverage begins Nov. 15. The outpatient drug benefit goes into effect next year.