Are the Medicare Supplemental Insurances (such as AARP) medical bills included in the subrogation when we pay back Medicare? If not, am I assuming correctly that we are required to contact such insurance provider for their subrogation?
The MSP Statute is intended to cover reimbursement for Medicare’s program (including Parts A and B). Recent (2003) regulations now may include Medicare Parts C and D. However, supplemental coverage would not be included in your Medicare conditional payment summary, so you are quite correct – you would contact the insurance provided to determine their reimbursement right, noting the Medicare Parts A and B might have covered as much as 75% of many medical bills (depending on the client’s adjusted gross income), but the supplemental coverage would have made co-pay and other payments. For example, the Medicare Part A deductible is $1,100 for 2010. Where your client, as a Medicare beneficiary, would have been responsible for a deductible or co-pay, depending on the terms of the supplemental coverage, this may be the part of the injury-related medical expenses you are looking for.
Sylvius von Saucken, J.D.