On Your Side: Getting results from the Feds

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In early February, First Coast News introduced you to Richard Middleton, of Jacksonville.

Middleton told FCN that despite making a payment of more than $7,000 to Medicare, he got a letter. He told FCN that letter came from the United States Department of the Treasury

"Stating they were going to garnish my Social Security because Medicare had not been paid their $7,300-something," he said.

Middleton said he believes the government lost the money. He said he went through the proper channels with his attorney to try to get it settled, but to no avail. FCN got involved and made calls.

At the time of the original story, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Bureau of Fiscal Service said they'll contact Middleton and work to try to resolve this situation.

Also, a CMS-Atlanta spokesperson assured FCN that while they can't discuss individual beneficiaries, it addresses any concerns raised by beneficiaries.

Wednesday morning, Middleton told First Coast News that soon after FCN made calls, he got a call from a Medicare representative saying everything had been settled.

Middleton told FCN that the representative said the money was found and that everything as been reconciled and that he was not responsible for the incident. Middleton said the representative told him he would receive a letter in the mail from Medicare.

"I appreciate very much," Middleton told FCN's David Williams.

Middleton said he was waiting for the letter to arrive.


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