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PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: Murray Announces That “Donut Hole” Rebate Checks Are Being Mailed to Washington State Seniors

Jun 10 2010

76,600 Washington state seniors fell into the “donut hole” last year

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that the first round of rebate checks has been mailed out to Washington state seniors to help those who have fallen into the Medicare Part D “donut hole” this year afford prescription drugs. The $250 rebate checks are provided under the new health care reform law and are being mailed out to seniors on a rolling basis as they hit the “donut hole.” Last year 76,600 seniors in Washington state had to pay the full cost of their prescription drugs after falling into the “donut hole.” 

No senior should ever have to worry about not being able to afford the prescription drugs they need to stay healthy,” Senator Murray said. “I worked hard to make sure that the new health care reform law includes significant improvements to the Medicare Part D program. And I am very pleased that this first round of checks is going out to help Washington state seniors buy prescription drugs.”