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Subject:  Re: Medicare: $480 bill, choosing new plan Date:  11/5/2012  4:09 PM
Author:  lcd186 Number:  18052 of 20060

Sounds like you might have received a bill for a medigap policy or a Medicare Advantage plan. I too am on SSD at age 62 due to heart issues. I pay $99/month for Part A, then about $350/month for medigap (medigap is much higher for those on Medicare due to SSD), and about $40/month for Part D drug coverage. If I were you, I would call you state SHIIP office and ask what's going on. They probably will be able to explain the situation, fraud or whatever. Good luck.

ResNullius, I forgot to mention that I am calling from New York City. Even though there is a SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) for the entire state, when we in NYC calls that number, we are routed automatically to local NYC, or 311. Unfortunately in the aftermath of Sandy, most all telephone calls to any city agency is swamped. I am going to wait until the end of the week, or next week (or beyond) to try getting through.

On the rest of your response, it all sounds reasonable except I don't know why I am getting this bill suddenly almost at the end of the plan year, essentially making this bill retroactive to the beginning of the year.

Also I've been paying (like you) $99.90/month via auto deduction out of my