Navigation Links
Medicare Sends out Reimbursement Checks Erroneously

Around 230,000 Medicare recipients have got checks which erroneously reimburse them for monthly premiums that they paid for prescription drug coverage this year.//

The checks which amount to about $215 are almost sure to leave several beneficiaries confused. In addition these checks are accompanied by a letter that mistakenly informs them that the Social Security Administration would no longer be deducting monthly premiums for drug coverage from their Social Security check.

Medicare officials claim that they caught the glitch only after checks which totaled nearly $50 million were sent out last week. Following this they began to send a second letter on Tuesday which instructed the elderly and disabled not to cash the check, assuring them that their prescription drug coverage will continue.

Dr. Mark McClellan, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said, "It's very important for people to know their coverage is continuing. There's no disruption at all."

On the whole, it has been estimated that about 5 million people pay their monthly premiums for drug coverage through the government withholding the money from their Social Security check.

McClellan has said that his agency will make sure that insurers continue to get payment for the beneficiaries caught up in the mistake. He also took the blame upon his agency for the error. The subsequent letter going out on Tuesday is said to contain an apology.

The error occurred while the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated the Social Security Administration on the various changes in coverage that beneficiaries had requested.

McClellan however stressed that the checks will have to be returned by the beneficiaries. Besides this, beneficiaries must also be made aware that the government won't be able to start making monthly deductions again until October.

He reassured beneficiaries who face a money crunch that the agency would work within the fall as they had already cashed the check from the Social Security Administration or probably because they can't afford to have premiums from a few months deducted from one Social Security check.

McClellan said, "The amounts involved here are generally not large, but we want to make sure that as we account for these extra payments, we do it in a way that's not burdensome. There are a number of approaches we can take, including doing it overtime if necessary when it's not a trivial amount of money for the beneficiary."

Beneficiaries from all over the U.S. were affected by the glitch according to him.

Related medicine news :

1. House heads for Medicare drug vote
2. Medicare Drug Deadline not to be extended
3. New Medicare Plan - Mixed Reaction among Pharmacists.
4. Medicare Data would help in Drug Validation
5. Medicare Queries Expected To Increase Over Time
6. Medicare to cover services provided by rural health care personnels.
7. Cancer test expenses taken up by Medicare
8. Nurse Practitioners Are Not Recognized By Medicare
9. Medicare Drug Plan Is Not Working in The US
10. Blue Cross Signs Up 110,000 Minnesotans For Part D Medicare Plans
11. Rising Medicare costs
Post Your Comments:

(Date:3/30/2021)... , ... March 29, 2021 , ... ... the 21st Century , A Virtual Workshop Presented by WCG FDAnews and Cerulean ... 4:30 pm EDT, , Are one’s SOPs written for the ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 29, 2021 , ... According to data released ... reproductive age (13-44) in need of publicly funded contraception live in counties impacted by ... Colorado’s 64 counties have lost some of their Title X resources. , The ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 29, 2021 , ... Health Literacy Innovations (HLI), a ... confusion due to low health literacy today announces a new partnership with the ... work with ACAP’s member Safety Net Health Plans, those that provide comprehensive health ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... ... Dr. Colin Campbell is proud to announce the 1 year anniversary in their new state ... internal medicine and is a primary care specialist who has been practicing for 23 years. ... keep South Jersey healthy one patient at a time. , “Over the past year, Dr. ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 30, 2021 , ... The COVID-19 ... and survivors; their families; and their caregivers. Crossroads4Hope is addressing the needs of ... emotional support system, MyGo2Support, which meets needs of people impacted by cancer, no ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 29, 2021 , ... The University of Texas Health Science Center ... San Antonio Multispecialty and Research Hospital, a destination center for research and treatment of ... In a nod to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was held virtually. , William ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 29, 2021 , ... Iora Health ... primary care, has partnered with Devoted Health , one of the fastest-growing ... across Maricopa County and provides seniors with the highest-quality care and experience possible, ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... CITY (PRWEB) , ... March 29, 2021 , ... ... has joined the Vaccine Credential Initiative (VCI), a group bringing together leading health ... record of vaccination status, based on open, interoperable standards. By joining the VCI ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: