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In Reply to: RE: "with services provided via private contractor" Where is the confusion? posted by rivervalley817 on February 12, 2021 at 14:51:55
A few weeks ago we received - out of blue - a letter, from the Treasury Department, that we owe them $7K in Medicare bills.
Long story short - back in 2016 I was hit by another car. I had a couple of visits to my family doc, and maybe 10 visits to a chiropractor. That's it. All were charged under the car insurance PIP portion.
The letter, however, stated, that all the visits on the list were related to that car accident.
There were 26 pages of charges, from 2016 to 2019, none of which was related to the accident - just some routine visits and some surgeries.
My wife spent a lot of time on the phone, and all she managed to get was: write us a letter. So we did.
We received a form reply that we will be given a response in 60 days.
In the meantime, in about 3 weeks, they told us, they will start withholding up to 15% of my SS benefits.
There is no one to talk, to discuss... just one huge impersonal machine.
And if you think this is all about $7K - you are wrong... because there is absolutely no telling that this accumulation of debt stopped in 2019.
For all we know it might still be counting... perhaps forever. We were not able to get ANY answer to this question.
Prior to my getting on Medicare I spent about 36 years on private insurances... and there was never anything even close to this.
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I sent a pair of speakers from Detroit to neighborhood of Toronto (Canada), so over the river.The charge was $250 for a pair. Each speaker was 50lbs. After a week I was notified that the speakers are being returned to the sender. The confusion was the reason for return. At first they quoted lack of custom form then they reversed to "natural disaster" (covid). One of the speakers arrived on the porch .The other one was lost. After the inquiry they located the second one and delivered it. I was promptly charged $1200 for "overweight package" A nice customer support lady told me that the charge is for 150 Lbs and it is only the first of the two since they have to charge the same amount (another $1200) for a return shipping. There was no arguing since the "internal investigation" revealed that the package was scanned 4 times along the way and each time it confirmed 150 Lbs.
I had to report my credit card missing to avoid the extorsion and my relationship with fedex ended. I still "owe" them that money.
a timeline and you can appeal any decision. What's the problem?
There was no such a word anywhere in their correspondence.
But I get it... the government bureaucrats can do no wrong.
There was not even a word of apology.
Exactly how much do you think your care would have cost you w/out Medicare, overall, since you've both been Medicare eligible. Under "Vic-Care," it would be privatized, completely, right? No contributions "paying it forward." If you think Americans would pay for expected services in advance, willingly, you haven't followed Obamacare very well.
damn ... let me chew on this a bit and revert, I've got a few ideas rattling around to explore first
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