WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medicare says premiums for prescription drug plans will rise in 2015 for the second year in a row.<br />
Officials said Thursday that Medicare's average monthly drug premium will rise next year to $32.<br />
The modest increase of $1 a month comes amid worries over the future impact of costly new medications. Sovaldi, for example, cures hepatitis C but costs $1,000 a pill.<br />
Most Medicare beneficiaries have prescription drug coverage.<br />
But consumers should pay attention because the average premium says little about what any one person pays.<br />
Premiums change every year, so consumer advocates say beneficiaries should check their plan during open enrollment, from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, and seek better deals if they're not satisfied.<br />
This year, the average premium also went up by $1, after three stable years.
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