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A Letter to the Social Security Administration                               Monday, February 10, 2013

Dear Sir or Madam:                                                                                                                                                                                          
I wrote the St. Paul Social Security Administration a letter in early to mid December telling them to cancel my Medicare immediately. That letter was mailed to their office at least two weeks before the sixty-day deadline. A week after that letter was sent (on either the tenth or eleventh of December), I received a voice-mail on December 18, 2012 from a S—-. at the SSA in St. Paul saying that I neglected to put my social security number on the letter and without it they couldn’t do anything. I then filled out the termination form letter cancelling my part B Medicare and I returned it to their office the day after receiving it. I did not get anything else until January 2, 2013, a day prior to Medicare withholding $205 from my direct deposit, when T—– left a voice-mail. The message is rather lengthy so I will only include parts here: “I received a letter canceling your Part B Medicare coverage stating that you could not afford the coverage, however, it looks like the state had paid it for you for a long time and I’m guessing that there is just some sort of re-application process to start that again.”

T—– is guessing that the state will cover the premium amount. The county and state have deemed that my income is $6 above their limit so canceled me and I do not receive help from anybody except for housing assistance. I will be stopping that as soon as my SSDI is corrected.

Then T—– went into a long spiel wondering if I was aware of the consequences. I am fully aware of the consequences. “My number is 1-000-000-7481 my extension is —– and I will confirm this for you, but since it could potentially cause problems for you later I’m going to hold this for a little bit, okay, thanks.”

How can I make this any more clear

T—– is guessing

I phoned T—–‘s extension and the woman who answered said that T—– was busy and so she offered to help. I explained the problem to her saying, “I want to cancel my Medicare immediately. They deducted $205 from my disability check even though I had written a letter and re-sent a form letter that included my SS number well ahead of the 60-day deadline. I do not want Medicare!” I was asked why I wanted to cancel? “How will you pay for your medications and doctor visits”? My intentions were to do without Medicare because I am a healthy person who happens to be disabled. I very rarely need a doctor and I am not on any medications. The only reason I ever visited a doctor was because the county social worker thought I should have a checkup once a year and it had been at least three years since my last visit, also at her request.

The only reason for the county help in the 1st place was because of the public housing rental. And please believe this, I never wanted public housing but it was my only option at the time as living with the spouse and Mother of my child had become unbearable. Now as I try to rid myself of this humiliation I am running into many undeserved obstacles.

I do not receive help through Washington County or any other government agency beyond my social security disability income.

State Farm Insurance gave me a complete medical examination. I was required to submit to one to obtain the ‘Preferred rate” on term-life insurance. I was told relatively few make the cut…I made it! I am a healthy person and always have been.

It makes no sense to dole out $100 a month for something I may never use. I could use that money for more necessary things.

I am raising my daughter on social security disability benefits. That is the sole source of my income.

So far, my disability benefits have been debited $205 in January and $105 on February 1, 2013, and that will be the amount deducted every month unless somebody can help me. I have bills to pay and a daughter to provide for. My income is limited and tight. The government does not know what is best for me…I do! At the end of the call I asked if I could have her name and she told me, “T—–“

Respectfully,

Steven R—–

Post Script

Double exposure
P.S. Since T—– would never return my many calls I spoke with R….. at 10:45 on Feb. 4, 2013. I was told that she would speak to the others about my situation and that J– who was T—–‘s supervisor, or S—- would get back to me. So I asked, “When will he call back as I have had promises of call backs before and it never happens.” I was told that he would get back to me on that day – but of course I had the same response, none! I was also told that the monies could be reimbursed. Neither J– nor S—- returned my call and I have now given up on calling so I will mail this letter today. I would greatly appreciate any help you can give while still maintaining my benefits. I do not believe I can make ends meet with the $105 deducted each month for Medicare. I do not need the Medicare nor do I want it.

Please contact me to discuss reasonable options. Please also know that because I am disabled I am sometimes difficult to understand. It may be better to correspond via e-mail. Thank you.

Cell Phone: —/—/—- – SSN: — — —-

——–@gmail.com

I was informed from S—– that the money would not be reimbursed because the payment came from my personal account.  However, if the state had paid the money; absolutely that money would be reimbursed.  That makes no sense whatsoever, but then, I realized who I was dealing with.

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