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“Processing error” by Social Security affects 250,000 Medicare clients

In a glitch which has not been completely explained, Social Security experienced what they refer to as a “processing error” in January, which left about a quarter of a million Medicare Part C Advantage plans with unpaid premiums. Many beneficiaries have their Medicare premium paid from their Social Security benefit, and the so-called processing error caused about 250,000 Medicare accounts to go with unpaid premiums until the error was discovered. This left those affected with a bill from the insurance provider for as much as five months of unpaid premiums which they must pay on their own, or risk cancellation of their healthcare coverage by the insurance carrier. This KPCC news article by Susan Jaffe explains what happened and what the major healthcare providers have to say about it. Click here to read more.

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