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Dealing with government

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.

  • Edits: 02/12/21

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