‘Donut Hole’ Rebates To Fill Gaps In Health Care

Wednesday - June 30, 2010
By MidWeek Staff
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Medicare officials want to remind Oahu residents that an envelope they are about to receive is anything but junk mail.

Beginning June 10, thousands of Hawaii residents who fall into the Medicare Part D prescription-drug coverage gap started receiving a one-time, tax-free $250 rebate check. The so-called “donut hole” rebate is part of the health care reform law that President Barack Obama signed into law March 23. The rebate has been promoted as a necessary step to correct holes in coverage under older health care plans.


Further, donut hole seniors will receive a 50 percent discount on brand name drugs starting next January. The checks will be mailed over the next several months to the 16,500 Hawaii residents who qualify for the rebates.

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