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Thousands To Receive Coverage Gap Rebate in June
As required by the new health care reform law, on June 15, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will begin sending $250 rebate checks to Medicare consumers who have entered the Part D prescription drug coverage gap this year. HHS will continue to mail checks approximately every six weeks. Participants should see their rebate check approximately three months after hitting the donut hole. An estimated four million Medicare consumers will receive checks in 2010, and about 80,000 individuals will receive theirs in June. People who qualify for the rebate will receive it automatically and will not need to fill out any forms. Participants who currently receive "extra help" with their Medicare costs will not receive the $250 rebate.
Ohio Web Site on Health Care Reform
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 aim to expand health care coverage to millions of Americans and will require a large number of changes to health insurance products and the regulations that govern them. Ohio's state team has created a Web site of resources and is currently analyzing the legislation and determining next steps so that the state takes full advantage of all of the opportunities that will benefit Ohioans. The Web site includes fact sheets, a detailed summary of reforms and coverage provisions, assistance for employers and links to more information.