$250 Checks to Provide Immediate Assistance to Seniors Falling in the Medicare "Donut Hole"
Today, Rep. Joe Baca (D-Rialto) announced that the first batch of rebate checks for seniors who fall into the Medicare prescription drug "donut hole", are being sent out earlier than expected. The $250 checks, authorized by the new health care reform law, will be sent out on June 10, ahead of the original deadline mandated in the law.
"Almost 4 million seniors and disabled Americans, including up to 56,000 in my Congressional District, will receive rebate checks this year," said Rep. Baca. "Thanks to the leadership of President Obama and Congress, the health reform law passed earlier this year will finally end the prescription drug donut hole, so senior citizens will be able to afford the prescription drugs necessary for their care."
The new health care reform law begins to close the Medicare donut hole once and for all with the distribution of rebate checks this year. Significant savings will continue next year, when the law provides a 50 percent discount on brand name drugs for seniors in the gap, and a smaller discount on generic drugs. Under the new law, the donut hole will be completely closed by 2020.
"With the implementation of the provisions of health care reform, we are making quality, affordable care a right for every American," concluded Rep. Baca. "Republicans who continue to call for a repeal of health reform oppose this life-saving assistance and want to return us to a system of higher drug costs, shrinking benefits, and great insecurity for America's senior citizens. I will continue to fight in Congress to protect the interests of all Americans, especially are most vulnerable populations, seniors and young people."