Medicare Drug Benefit Hits a Glitch

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A glitch is sure to leave many Medicare recipients confused about their prescription drug coverage but the government is assuring them that they still have coverage.

Just don't cash those checks from the Social Security Administration that you may have gotten.

About 230-thousand Medicare recipients are getting checks that erroneously reimburse them for monthly premiums they have paid for
prescription drug coverage.

The checks also come with a letter that mistakenly tells them the Social Security Administration will no longer deduct monthly premiums for drug coverage from their Social Security checks.

Medicare officials are sending out a second batch of letters assuring recipients their coverage will continue and that deductions will resume in October. But they must return the check, or the money if the check's already been cashed.