June 7th, 2010
10:47 AM ET
8 years ago

Medicare 'donut hole' checks in the mail

New York (CNNMoney.com) - It's one of the first tangible results of the health reform law: This week the government will start mailing $250 checks to seniors to close the Medicare "donut hole," which leaves seniors with a gap in their prescription drug coverage.

The first checks will be sent June 10, three weeks earlier than scheduled, to about 80,000 people. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that about 4 million seniors will get $250 checks in 2010.

At a press conference last month, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said closing the donut hole is "one of the biggest ways the new law is going to help seniors."

Seniors get stuck in the donut hole if their prescription drugs cost too much to be paid for through basic Medicare coverage, but aren't expensive enough to qualify for catastrophic coverage.

Full Story:

Filed under: Health care
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Rick

    health care rationing has started by the SLOBAMA administration, next will be the death squads

    June 7, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. aneanderthal

    Hey how about that a cheap, corrupt political trick. Could we expect anything less from our corrupt, liberal congress and our inept, corrupt, crooked, slimy president that the liberals and the corrupt SEIU installed in office. IMPEACH OBAMA,.

    June 7, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Stacie

    Go ahead Republicans, run to repeal this law. Good luck with that!

    June 7, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Rob

    But what about the Death panels.This government is supposed to be pulling the plug on seniors not helping with their heathcare costs.Oh well I'm sure the GOP and their blinded followers will find some way to oppose it.

    June 7, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Thank you, Mr. President, and all the Senators and Representatives who voted for health care reform!

    June 7, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Kenneth Gross

    This is the way Hugo Chavez buys votes. What is our country coming too?

    June 7, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. Lib Hunter

    Obamacare= HUGE FAIL Obama=HUGE FAIL
    Lib Congress=HUGE FAIL Lib Philiosophy=HUGE FAIL

    June 7, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Greg Pottstown PA

    At a press conference last month, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said closing the donut hole is "one of the biggest ways the new law is going to help seniors."

    That is all one needs to hear to know that this bill is no good. The biggest help seniors can expect is a one time check for $250.

    Any news on the $2500 less for the price of coverage that the POTUS talked about for months?

    June 7, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Duck Fallas

    I'm sure all you grey haired wackos that raised hades at town hall meeting last summer will be refusing the checks.

    June 7, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Pragmatic

    ... and some people, those planning on (campaigning on) repealing the new Health Care Bill think 4 million Americans will be cheering them on?

    June 7, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Bates

    Can you say PAYOFF...

    June 7, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. Hammerer

    Where are all of the successful programs promised by the Dems?
    They rammed through obamacare with promises of utopia. What have they delivered? More people without help. More taxes. More businesses dropping healthcare plans.
    When will they deliver? Never! The public was once again sold a package of promises and lies. But it is about time to start a new campaign to show that obamacare is the best thing since sliced bread. In other words more lies to cover past lies. That is the change obama promised and delivered.

    June 7, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. patNY

    They should've eliminated drug coverage all together because Bush signed it into law without paying for it.

    June 7, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. vincent chiavetta

    Medicare should be paying for all seniors including drugs,dental , and presciptions. All these insurances that seniors have to pay from there social security is so unaffordable it is becoming unsustaiable. Why should any senior have to buy supplemental insurance along with dental and eyeglasses. Members of congress and senators get full coverage for life. Obamas healthcare reform is taking away from the people who need it the most . If the government really wanted to do healthcare reform they can surely do it.

    June 7, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. A Not So Stupid American

    Seniors ... you can show your appreciation to the President and other Democrats in November of 2010 and 2012.

    Barack Hussien Obama has delivered for you despite all the FEAR MONGERING the Republicans [ McConnell, Boehner, Kantor, Palin, Limbaugh, Romney, McCain, Joe "You Lie" Wilson, Joe "The Plumber", and others have done.

    Next time ... Don't Believe the Hype ... Nobody pulled the plug on Grandma.

    June 7, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  16. Bricks in the Wall of Gridlock

    Just a reminder to the Senior Citizens ...

    The President got this done with no Republican support. Do you really want to make "THE PARTY OF NO" stronger by electing MORE Republicans to the House of Representatives and the Senate?

    A Vote for the GOP is a vote against your own self interests .... and a vote for gridlock.

    June 7, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  17. valwayne

    Wow....suppose Obama and the Democrats will borrow a few more trillion and send us all a check just before the Nov elections? Personally rather than a check I'd like a high level Government job. I promise not to run in a primary against any of Obama's favorites!!!!

    June 7, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |