Little Scottie’s Smarter Brother

From Holden:

Just when you thought Chimpy’s Medicare drug plan could not possible get any more fucked up, we have this.

About 230,000 Medicare recipients are getting checks that erroneously reimburse them for monthly premiums they have paid for prescription drug coverage this year.

The checks average about $215. They are accompanied by a letter that mistakenly tells them the Social Security Administration will no longer deduct monthly premiums for drug coverage from their Social Security check.

Medicare officials say they caught the glitch just after checks totaling nearly $50 million were sent out last week. As a result, they began sending a second letter yesterday instructing the elderly and disabled not to cash the checks and assuring them that their prescription drug coverage will continue.

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

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McClellan stressed that the checks will have to be returned.

Good luck getting all those checks back, Markie.