Don’t Ignore Mailings from CMS to Seniors about Reform

Medicare beneficiaries have been receiving important information in the mail about the immediate benefits they may see from the enactment of the Affordable Care Act.

The mailings outlines key provisions of the Affordable Care Act that are important for people with Medicare as well as members of their families.

With scammers at the ready, according to CMS, ‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs important that our Medicare beneficiaries get facts about this important new law timely so they can learn what stays the same and what will change and improve in terms of their benefits,‰Û said Marilyn Tavenner, acting CMS administrator. ‰ÛÏ

‰ÛÏThe new law not only strengthens Medicare, but also ensures the guaranteed benefits that beneficiaries have come to rely upon don‰Ûªt change,‰Û said Tavenner.

The first benefit that several million Medicare beneficiaries have received is a one-time check for $250, if they enter the Part D donut hole and are not eligible for Medicare Extra Help. The donut hole is the period in the prescription drug benefit in which the beneficiary pays 100 percent of the cost of their drugs until they hit the catastrophic coverage. And that is where the scams have started.

Go to or call 1-800-MEDICARE to have your questions about Medicare or the Affordable Care Act answered.