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New Medicare details released

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Thursday posted a brochure (under "What's New") that describes details about the tax-free, one-time $250 check for people who enter the Part D coverage gap — requiring them to pay prescription drug costs out of pocket — but are not eligible for Medicare Extra Help. The first checks are being mailed June 10 and checks will be mailed monthly after people have entered the coverage gap.

In an effort to help combat fraud and protect beneficiaries from potential scams, Medicare is reminding seniors there are no forms to fill out to receive this benefit. Medicare will automatically send a check.

The envelope will have the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services symbol on it and will read "Medicare Part D." Beneficiaries do not need to provide any personal information or bank account numbers to get the rebate check and should not to give any personal information to anyone who calls about the rebate check.

Medicare participants should call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to report any suspected fraud, scams or to ask any questions. Information can also be obtained by visiting www.medicare.gov.