Senators to discuss Part D payment errors with agencies

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Two senators plan to meet soon with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Social Security Administration to resolve payment problems related to the Medicare Part D drug benefit.

Beneficiaries who have signed up for automatic plan premium deductions from their monthly Social Security benefit payments have complained of problems, such as incorrect charges, according to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) and member Max Baucus (D-MT). Some seniors are concerned their coverage will be disrupted or that they may be disenrolled, the senators say.

Earlier this month, the agencies erroneously mailed checks totaling $50 million to more than 230,000 Medicare drug benefit enrollees who elected to have premiums deducted in monthly Social Security payments.