Friday, June 4th, 2010

Some senior citizens will receive a $250 prescription drug rebate check starting next week as part of the new federal health care law.

According to the Morris County Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans, seniors who have Medicare prescription drug coverage, known as Medicare Part D, and who are not already getting Medicare Extra Help, will automatically receive a one-time $250 rebate check from Medicare after they reach the coverage gap.

The rebate is the first step toward closing the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap, also called the “doughnut hole,” said Theresa Davis, division director.

The rebate check will be mailed out when a beneficiary enters the coverage gap. This is a one-time benefit and beneficiaries who qualify will only receive one check after they reach the coverage gap, Davis said.

Davis said a senior does not have to provide any personal information such as Social Security number of a bank account number to get the rebate check. She advises seniors to never give their personal information to anyone who calls them about the rebate check or other Medicare issues.

Additional information may be obtained by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or by visiting the Medicare Web site, www.Medicare.gov .