Part B Premium Deductions for Beneficiaries with Medi-Cal with a Share of Cost (SOC) Will Begin in December Instead of November


We just received some good news for Californian beneficiaries who have Medi-Cal  with a SOC over $500. As mentioned in our 10/28 post, as of 11/1/08 the state will no longer pay the Medicare Part B premium for beneficiaries with a SOC over $500. Yet, the Department of Health Care Services was not able to get the required file to Social Security in time for deductions to be made for the November Social Security checks.  Therefore, the Part B premium deductions for California’s 57,000 affected beneficiaries will begin December 2008 instead.

See our website for more information on Medi-Cal and other programs for people with low incomes.

Karen Joy Fletcher

Our blogger Karen Joy Fletcher is CHA’s Communications Director. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she is the online “public face” of the organization, provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare and other health care issues. She is responsible for digital content creation, management of CHA’s editorial calendar, and managing all aspects of CHA’s social media presence. She loves being a “communicator” and enjoys networking and collaborating with the passionate people and agencies in the health advocacy field. See her current articles.