Senior Spotlight- Part D Donut Hole Checks 

Dyan Walsh with the Eastern Area Agency on Aging was our guest on the morning show’s Senior Spotlight segment for Wednesday, June 9th.The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted at (under “What’s New”) a brochure that describes details about the tax-free, one-time check for $250 for people who enter the Part D donut hole and are not eligible for Medicare Extra Help.  The first checks are being mailed June 10 and checks will be mailed monthly after people have entered the coverage gap. To help fight fraud and protect beneficiaries from potential scams, Medicare is reminding seniors there are no forms to fill out to receive this benefit. Medicare will automatically send a check.  The envelope will have the US Department of Health and Human Services symbol on it and will say “Medicare Part D.” Beneficiaries don’t need to provide any personal information.  They don’t need to provide any personal information like Medicare, Social Security, or bank account numbers to get the rebate check.  They are reminded not to give any personal information to anyone who calls about the $250 rebate check. People with Medicare should call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to report any suspected fraud or scams or with any questions.