Medicare will seek $50 million in premium payments from some 230,000 seniors, or about $200 from each, after failing to deduct the monthly payments from their Social Security checks because of a computer glitch. The larger-than-expected checks were accompanied by a letter telling seniors that their premiums would no longer be deducted automatically and advising them to set aside the funds because the CMS would seek payment later. A CMS spokesman said a computer error caused the beneficiaries to be mistakenly categorized as not authorizing automatic deductions. No one has lost coverage as a result of the error, he said. About 5% of beneficiaries have Medicare premiums automatically deducted from their Social Security checks, he said. AARP said it has discussed the matter with the CMS and urged the agency to give seniors who may have spent their checks time to make a payment.
Medicare computer fouls up automatic deductions
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