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The Medicare pharmacy "doughnut hole" is undergoing some repairs — such as a $250 rebate check offered during 2010. This is part of the new Affordable Care Act which is finally reducing prescription drug costs in each of the coming years until the doughnut hole is closed in about 2020.

Starting in 2011, eligible beneficiaries in the doughnut hole will receive a 50 percent discount on covered brand name drugs. In addition, Medicare will start paying 7 percent of the cost of generic drugs during the same coverage gap, according to a statement by the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

Also starting this year, people receiving Medicare will see a new cost-saving benefit when they visit their doctor. Beginning this year there will be no out of pocket cost for the "Welcome to Medicare" physical exam, and Medicare will cover a once-a-year wellness visit with a participating doctor at no cost.

Additionally most people can receive critical preventive services such as cancer screening, mammograms, colonoscopies — all free. 

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