Medicare Rebate

If you have Medicare prescription coverage and reach the coverage gap this year, you may be eligible to receive a one-time, tax-free $250 rebate check. The check will automatically be sent to you once you reach the coverage gap, also known as the Part D “donut hole,” if you do are not already receiving Medicare Extra Help.

There is nothing you need to do to receive this rebate if you are an eligible recipient. The federal government began issuing the rebate checks in June of this year. There are no forms to fill out. Checks are sent automatically once an individual becomes eligible.

The Michigan Attorney General’s office has issued a Consumer Alert regarding identity thieves who are using this rebate as an opportunity to get personal information from unsuspecting senior citizens. Remember, Medicare will never call or email you asking for personal information such as social security, bank account numbers, and credit card numbers. Medicare will not send a letter requesting you respond by calling or emailing. Finally, there is no fee required to receive this rebate.

If you or someone you know has been contacted or became a victim of one of these scams, you can file a complaint with the Michigan Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division or call 1-800-Medicare.

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