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Medicare Recipients Be Alert!

Medicare recipients who are eligible for what is being called the Donut Hole Rebate will be interested in the July 31, 2010 interview of Michigan Office of Services to the Aging director, Sharon L. Gire to explain eligibility for the Medicare Donut Hole rebate payment. Ms. Gire was interviewed by Laurel Hess, host of Comcast Newsmakers.

Ms. Gire defined the donut hole — or coverage gap — as the period in the Medicare prescription drug benefit in which the beneficiary pays 100 percent of the cost of their drugs. the Office of Services to the Aging wants to emphasize there are no forms to fill out. Medicare will automatically send a check that's made out to the Medicare recipient. Recipients do not need to provide any personal information like Medicare, Social Security, or bank account numbers to get the rebate check. Don't give personal information to anyone who calls about the $250 rebate check. Any calls recipients get are most likely scams. Call 1-800-Medicare [(800) 633-4227] to report anyone who does this. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.