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Second Round of Medicare Rebates Sent
New York Times

The Obama administration is sending $250 checks to more than 300,000 older Americans who paid higher drug costs in the Medicare coverage gap known as the “doughnut hole,” officials announced Thursday.

The one-time, tax-free checks are the first tangible benefit of the health care package that became law this year.

Their size and the eventual closing of the coverage gap were negotiated between Congress and the pharmaceutical industry in a move widely seen as politically appealing in an election year.