This notice was about a flu shot I received in the fall. Per the form, it was on 24 October 2011. In fact, it was two shots, one for $13.31 and one for $29.93. To me they were "free". Since my company arranged this, I would have thought they paid for it, but this says it was paid by Medicare.♥
The claim to Medicare was processed on 17 February 2012, some three and a half months after I got the shot. Maybe not in your world, but where I come from there is interest being paid on that amount, or interest being lost on that amount. Not very much for this transaction, maybe only a penny, but still, if it was 100 million shots that would be one million dollars at one penny a shot. It is my guess that the folks who lost that $1 million were us, the US tax payers. I am NOT suggesting that someone here is involved in "Penny Shaving", a normally pejorative term. Having said that, remember the movie Office Space?
So, to recap:
- Shot: 24 October 2011
- Claim Processed: 17 February 2012
- Notice Cut: 18 May 2012
- Notice Mailed: 29 May 2012
- Appeal Closure: 20 September 2012
I wonder what Professor Elizabeth Warren thinks?
Regards — Cliff
♠ I think the US Postal Service does a pretty good job of getting the mail from one place to another, the Merrifield Sorting Center in Northern Virginia being an unfortunate exception. They are across the street from the Headquarters of my Credit Union, but it doesn't much help.
♥ It always pays to check. the Memo from the Company said it would be covered by our health insurance, except those with TRICARE, who needed to go to a physicians office. Because of my advanced age, Medicare kicked in.