EDITORS ARE JEWELS TOO!

Dear Editor:

I wanted to personally thank you for the article on the Mothers Are Jewels luncheon on April 18, an annual fundraiser for FamilyTime. It is your kindness and generosity in giving us free publicity which makes our efforts so worthwhile. People like you make our annual celebration of mothers such a successful event. I look forward to seeing you at the luncheon. Many thanks on behalf of all volunteers for FamilyTime.

Elizabeth Burger
Luncheon Co-Chair

 

MEDICARE PATIENTS BEWARE

Dear Editor:

This letter notes a billing/payment practice that can harm Medicare patients. The issue arises when one visits a doctor who accepts Medicare Part B assignments. Those doctors agree to accept as full payment for an office visit the Medicare-approved amount, which may be less than the amount the doctor charges. For example, suppose a doctor charges $200 for a visit, but the Medicare approved amount is $120. That doctor agrees to accept $120 as full payment for the visit. Some of that $120 may come from Medicare, and some may come from the patient. Each year has a deductible amount that the patient must pay before Medicare pays anything. Once the deductible is met, then Medicare pays 80 percent of the Medicare-approved amount, and the patient pays 20 percent of it.

A problem can arise when the patient must pay the day of the visit. Example: On Jan. 24, 2019, I visited a local clinic. I had to pay before seeing the doctor. I was told that $108.69 of my deductible had not been met; so they charged me that amount plus $5 for a urinalysis, and I paid the total ($113.69) before leaving the clinic. Yesterday I visited mymedicare.gov and I examined the data Medicare has for me regarding my doctor visits so far this year. For that Jan. 24 visit, those data show (1) Medicare approved amount = $80.95, (2) Medicare paid to provider = $64.42, and (3) You may be billed = $15.69. So the amount that I should have paid for that visit is $15.69. Instead, I paid $113.69!

Lesson: Don’t pay before seeing the prior paragraph’s 3 listed data.

Bill Bailey
Kingwood

 

ALL TREASURES FOUND

Dear Editor:

The sixth annual Kingwood ‘April Fool’s Day’ treasure hunt was held on April Fool’s Day. Congratulations to the winners. The next treasure hunts will be on July 4th and Halloween, followed by the annual New Year’s Day Scavenger Hunt in the greenbelts of Woodland Hills and Trailwood Villages. This is a nonprofit activity for Kingwood residents and families, and children are encouraged to participate. We had five simultaneous treasure hunts in the Town Center area and one near Kingwood Middle School. We invite Kingwood residents to rediscover our greenbelts and surrounding area by encouraging families to take a moment to enjoy a walk, jog or bike ride and be like Sherlock Holmes by participating in these treasure hunts. For more information or to volunteer, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dale
Kingwood – via email

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