Seniors Warned of Donut-Hole Rebate Check Scams
Seniors are being warned about potential doughnut-hole rebate scams as the new round of checks are being mailed to eligible seniors.
Eligible seniors have no need to give personal information or do anything at all to receive their $250 "doughnut hole" rebates.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center for Medicare, Jonathan Blum states, “Seniors also need to know that they will just receive their check at their usual address - they don't have to take any extra steps. And they should never give out their personal information. If someone asks for your personal Medicare information over the phone who isn't a trusted resource like Medicare, please don't provide it. Seniors or family members should contact us at 1-800-MEDICARE.”
This warning of potential scams comes as the next round of more than 300,000 eligible seniors who have entered the Medicare Part D “donut hole” this year are being mailed their tax-free, one time rebate check for $250. The first round of rebates were mailed June 10th. Going forward, a check for qualifying beneficiaries newly reaching the donut hole in 2010 will be mailed monthly.
The Affordable Care Act starts to close the donut hole this year, giving much-needed relief to millions of seniors. In 2011, the Affordable Care Act takes an additional step for Medicare beneficiaries in the donut hole by providing them with a 50 percent discount on their brand name medications. Every year from 2012 until 2020, the Affordable Care Act will take progressive steps to close the donut hole.”
Seniors who suspect fraud are urged to call the state Insurance Department's Consumer Services Bureau at 1 (800) 342-3736.