CMS makes $50 million mistake

September 4, 2006

After a computer glitch sent out more than $50 million in reimbursements to approximately 230,000 Medicare recipients, CMS plans to ask for the money back. Some Medicare beneficiaries also received letters from the Social Security Administration http://www.ssa.gov/ that erroneously said the agency will no longer deduct their monthly prescription drug benefit premiums from their Social Security checks.

CMS makes $50 million mistake

After a computer glitch sent out more than $50 million in reimbursements to approximately 230,000 Medicare recipients, CMS plans to ask for the money back. Some Medicare beneficiaries also received letters from the Social Security Administration http:// http://www.ssa.gov/ that erroneously said the agency will no longer deduct their monthly prescription drug benefit premiums from their Social Security checks.CMS is sending letters to recipients instructing them to return the checks or send repayment to Medicare-Drug Premiums, P.O. Box 9058, Pleasanton, CA 94566-9058. Affected Medicare recipients can also call toll-free 1-(866) 292-8080. In response to criticism from some lawmakers, recipients can ask for up to seven months to make the payments.

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