Expected to Help 30% of Idaho's 213,000 Medicare Beneficiaries Who Land in the Rx 'Doughnut Hole' – AARP Tips for Recipients
BOISE, Idaho, June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Older Idahoans living in fear of the cost of their next prescription drug may be getting some good news in the mail in the coming days; a $250
Each year nearly 30% Idaho's 213,000 Medicare beneficiaries fall into the "doughnut hole," nationally over 3 million older Americans land in the coverage gap. The $250 Medicare rebates, a part of the new health care law, are the first step towards closing the dangerous gap in Medicare prescription drug coverage. Closing this gap has been a top priority for AARP.
"When older Idahoans have to pay full price for their prescriptions many are forced to cut their pills, take less than the prescribed amount, or simply stop taking the drug altogether," said Jim Wordelman, State Director for AARP in Idaho. "No one should have to choose between filling a grocery cart and a prescription – these checks are a great first step towards providing needed relief."
Starting in 2011, people who reach the doughnut hole will receive a 50 percent discount on brand-name drugs. By 2020, the doughnut hole will be eliminated entirely. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began mailing the first group of rebate checks today. Checks will continue to be mailed as more people reach the doughnut hole in 2010.
Below are tips and facts people in Medicare Part D should know about the rebate check and their prescription drugs:
Check www.aarp.org/getthefacts for more information on how the new health care law will affect you and your family.
AARP is Idaho's largest membership organization with over 180,000 members.
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