Hey people with Medicare, you’re about to become a little more attractive to scammers. That’s because this week the government will start sending out its one-time tax free rebate checks to those of you who have already hit the donut hole gap in your Medicare coverage. The main thing to know, advises Medicare, is that you don’t need to provide any information to anyone to get the rebate–it’s automatic.
If someone does try to scam you, Medicare asks that you report them at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY number: 1-877-486-2048.
Also, since the rebate is automatic, it will be sent out about 45 days after you hit the donut hole. If you’re still covered right now then don’t expect that $250 in the next couple of weeks.