Secretary Sebelius Announces 1 Million Medicare Beneficiaries Have Received Prescription Drug Cost Relief Under the Affordable Care Act (Press Release)
Affordable Care Act making Medicare stronger and more secure for seniors and people with disabilities
WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that more than 1 million Medicare beneficiaries have received prescription drug cost relief through the Affordable Care Act. As part of the health insurance reform law's step-by-step efforts to close the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage gap, eligible beneficiaries who fall in this "donut hole" this year are mailed a one-time, tax-free $250 rebate check. More than a quarter of the 4 million checks Medicare expects to distribute have been received by eligible Medicare beneficiaries.
"Many seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare face extraordinary prescription drug costs, and too often stop following the drug regimens that their doctors have recommended as a result," said Secretary Sebelius. "These checks will make a difference in helping seniors continue to get the medications they need, and are one of many ways that the Affordable Care Act is helping seniors."
Nationwide, 1 million Medicare beneficiaries have already been mailed their rebates and more beneficiaries will be receiving checks in the coming months as they enter the coverage gap. Eligible beneficiaries receive these checks automatically in the mail when they reach the donut hole, and they don't have to sign-up to be eligible for the rebates.
Read more: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/08/20100830c.html .
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