Seattle, WA – The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) is partnering with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help eligible Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) elders on Medicare Part D receive their $250 rebate checks.

Seattle, WA – The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) is partnering with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help eligible Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) elders on Medicare Part D receive their $250 rebate checks.

The checks are designed to provide financial help for Medicare enrollees who reach the coverage gap known as the ‘donut hole.’ What that means is that if an enrollee’s total prescription drug costs reach $2,830 but less than $6,440 (or they spend $4,550 in out-of-pocket costs) they are eligible to receive this one-time rebate. The rebate is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in March, and is available for those who currently do not receive Medicare ‘Extra Help.’

From July 12 through August 13, 2010 CMS is providing funding for NAPCA’s Helpline to handle an expected increase in calls from AAPI elders.

“AAPI elders are among the three to four million Medicare enrollees expected to experience the donut hole,” said NAPCA President and CEO Christine Takada “so we are pleased to be partnering with CMS to help reach the limited and non-English speaking AAPIs to ensure that this information is reaching all seniors.”

“With NAPCA’s reach in the AAPI elder community, we are confident that difficult to reach limited or non- English speaking AAPI Medicare enrollees who fall into the donut hole will get the economic relief they are entitled to,” added Anne Avery, CMS National Lead for AAPI Partnership and Outreach.

For more information on the $250 rebate checks and how to see if you are eligible, call the NAPCA Helpline at the numbers below.

NAPCA National Toll-free Multilingual Helpline Numbers:

English 1-800-336-2722
Chinese 1-800-582-4218
Korean 1-800-582-4259
Vietnamese 1-800-582-4336

NAPCA also has in-language information about Healthcare reform and the coverage gap produced by CMS, available to AAPI elders. Call the Helpline or go to www.Medicare.gov to access the documents. CMS is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). For more information, please visit www.CMS.gov.

The National Asian Pacific Center on Aging’s mission is to serve as the leading national advocacy organization committed to the dignity, well-being and quality of life of AAPIs in their senior years. For more information please visit us at: www.NAPCA.org.

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