When Will I Get My $250 Medicare Donut Hole Check?
The Affordable Care Act entitles some seniors who are covered by Medicare Part D to receive Medicare Donut Hole check of $250 when they reach the "donut hole" of prescription drug coverage in 2010. The Medicare Donut Hole check is mailed out automatically within 45 days of the insured reaching the gap in coverage (greater than $2,830).
Do I Qualify for the Rebate?
If a senior is covered under Medicare Part D and does not receive any Medicare Extra Help or have any other extra private insurance, they qualify for the rebate. For those people with private insurance, they do not qualify for the check as their prescription drugs will likely be covered by their second insurance. For all others, they will receive the rebate.
Why Does the Government Give a $250 Medicare Donut Hole
The United States government is trying to fix the "donut hole" of coverage for seniors who are covered by Medicare Part D. This is a "hole" where their prescription drugs aren't covered by Medicare. This "hole" falls between all bills between $2,830 and $4,550. Obviously, the $250 Medicare Donut Hole Check falls short of fixing the problem completely. The US government has other plans to help seniors who fall in this gap. This includes discounts for both generic and brand name prescription drugs.
Don't Be Fooled by Rebate Scams
The $250 Medicare Donut Hole check will be mailed out automatically by the government. Still, some scam artists are trying to exploit seniors by claiming they can get the check to them sooner if they pay "fees" to speed processing. This is false; the United States government will never ask seniors to pay any fees to receive their rebate check. It will be sent without the seniors having to fill out any forms.