ATTENTION ALL MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES:
READ YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY 1099 FORMS!


Medicare beneficiaries with Social Security income have been receiving their 1099 forms.  The 1099 forms report income received in 2006 and deductions taken from that income, including Medicare premiums.

In 2006, the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had difficulties in accurately withholding Part D premiums from beneficiaries’ Social Security checks.  We advise beneficiaries to scrutinize their SSA 1099 forms to be sure that both income and deductions reported are consistent with their own records.

The following cases have been brought to our attention that might reflect widespread problems:

The Center for Medicare Advocacy believes that other permutations of the 1099 story exist.  We are eager to hear from beneficiaries and their advocates to determine if systemic problems exist which need broader attention than individual problem-solving.  Please advise your clients to read their SSA 1099s very carefully and to call SSA about any aspect that appears questionable.  We have not yet been able to identify a specific contact at SSA for such inquiries, but will inform readers of the Alert if we are able to do so.

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