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Seniors Warned of Potential Donut-Hole Rebate Scams


Are you eligible for the $250 “doughnut hole” rebate? Watch out for potential scammers!

The first round of rebate checks were mailed June 10th. Each month a new round of checks will be mailed to qualifying beneficiaries who reach the donut hole.

The tax-free, one time rebate check for $250 is automatically sent to any eligible senior who enters the Medicare Part D “donut hole” as part of the Affordable Care Act.

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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 should be aware of potential doughnut-hole rebate scams. Eligible seniors have no need to give personal information or do anything at all to receive their $250 "doughnut hole" rebates.

Seniors who suspect fraud are urged to call the state Insurance Department's Consumer Services Bureau at 1 (800) 342-37.

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Seniors Warned of Donut-Hole Rebate Check Scams

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