Insuring Your Health: Long Waits For Consumers When Medicare Is 'Secondary Payer'

In her latest Kaiser Health News consumer column, Michelle Andrews writes: "Anyone who sues for personal injury probably knows that the process may take time. But for Medicare beneficiaries, too often it's not only the legal system that grinds slowly. Lawyers and policy experts say bureaucratic inefficiency at the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) can add months or even years to the process. During that period, a beneficiary often must wait until Medicare is reimbursed for its costs before he or she can receive any payment" (Andrews, 1/28). Read the column.

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