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‘Donut hole’ checks are on their way
Jun 11, 2010 | 1098 views | 3 3 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) announced that, starting June 10, Medicare will begin mailing out to tens of thousands of seniors $250 “donut hole” checks.

Under the recently enacted health reform law, seniors who fall in the donut hole coverage gap in 2010 will receive this one-time tax-free $250 rebate check, he said.

These checks will continue to be mailed monthly over the next several months as seniors enter the coverage gap.

The checks are just the first benefit from health reform for seniors in the Medicare Prescription Drug program, the congressman said. Beginning in January 2011, seniors in the donut hole will receive a 50 percent discount on brand name drugs. By 2020, the donut hole will be completely closed.

“This is the first example of how the health care reform bill will strengthen Medicare and help seniors,” Hinojosa said.

The “donut hole” coverage gap is the period in the prescription drug benefit (once their prescription drug costs exceed $2,830) in which the beneficiary pays 100 percent of the cost of their drugs until they hit the catastrophic coverage threshold.

Last year, roughly 237,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Texas fell in the donut hole and received no extra help to defray the cost of their prescription drugs. Now, under health reform, help is on the way, Hinojosa said.

Under health care reform, the $250 checks are just the first step in reducing seniors’ prescription drug costs. Beginning next year, there is a 50 percent discount on prescription drugs in the donut hole, and by 2020, the donut hole is completely closed, he added.
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HellFire
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June 14, 2010
Let us not forget the demoncratic closed door politics who made sure that every American who receives employer paid health coverage will pay income tax on the premiums paid by their employer to help fund the muslim socialist obamas health care fraud fiasco. Latest news flash from the white house; michelle adds 4 personal servants to keep hide the flab on her arms!

EXPEDITE THE EXPULSION OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!!!

IMPEACH THE SOCIALIST!!!
texasboomer64
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June 14, 2010
ladytex.....you said health cost for seniors are going through the roof. give me a figure. currently i pay a 100 on a 1000.
LadyTexan
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June 13, 2010
What Hinojosa and the other Dems are not telling you is that the payment can be stopped or delayed at any time for any reason.

Hang on to your hats... the cost of healthcare for Seniors is going to be out the roof. There will be a treamendous shortage of care and a tremendous increase in costs.

Hinojosa needs to go...vote in Nov.

This is $250 to buy your vote.