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Healthcare rebate checks

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – More than 91,000 Virginia senior citizens will soon receive a check for $250 to help cover the cost of prescription drugs. This money will come automatically from Medicare beginning Thursday, but seniors are warned about possible scams.

"It could open up the opportunity for forgery, it could do all kinds of things," said Better Business Bureau spokesman, Tom Gallagher.

There are concerns that knowledge of a senior rebate check could encourage scammers. Those eligible should know they don't need to do anything in order to receive the money.

"Nobody's going to be coming to your door," said Gallagher. "Nobody's going to be calling you about this. Nobody's going to ask you to fill out any forms. You're going to get a check and you do with that check as you wish."

"We're not going back. We are moving forward," said President Obama in regards to his new healthcare bill.

Under the new health care law, seniors whose prescription drugs cost just under $6,500 are eligible.

"Eligibility won't change," added Obama. "Medicare will continue to cover costs like it always has."

If anyone contacts your regarding this rebate, Gallagher encourages you to end any communication with the individual and call police. Never give them any of your personal information and or money.

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