65K Medicare savings program recipients mistakenly receive notice benefits are set to end

DHS: Letters sent out due to system error

MADISON, Wis. - Thousands of people in the state mistakenly received a letter saying their health care benefits would end on the first of the year, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

In a statement, DHS said about 65,000 people enrolled in Wisconsin Medicare Savings programs were sent a letter saying their benefits would end on Jan. 1 because they aren’t receiving Medicare Part A. However, DHS said if the Social Security Administration or Medicare hasn’t contacted people about the changes, then their benefits won’t change.

Medicare Savings programs allow people to get help from their state to pay Medicare premiums and/or other associated costs.

A spokesperson with DHS said those enrolled in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary, Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiary and Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiary Plus programs received the incorrect letters.

DHS said those mistakenly notified will receive another letter saying they are enrolled in their Medicare Saving program and that they don’t need to take any action.

According to DHS, the system error that caused the letters to be sent out has been fixed.

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