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Social Security paid 1,546 dead people $31 million — deceased collected benefits up to 20 years.

The only Medicare demo program that actually worked is getting a new lease on life — but it’s only 18 months.

What if your insurance company leaves the market and there is no exchange for you to turn to?

Veterans must navigate 613 forms across 18 agencies to get benefits.

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  1. Sammy says:

    “showing they’re up against as many as 613 forms across 18 agencies as they seek services”

    -These guys go through enough serving their country.. Why make them jump through more loops when they apply for govt benefits that have been promised to them?

  2. Studebaker says:

    Social Security paid 1,546 dead people $31 million — deceased collected benefits up to 20 years.

    So much for that old saying… You can’t take it with you…

  3. Buster says:

    Social Security paid 1,546 dead people $31 million — deceased collected benefits up to 20 years.

    With the possible exception of debts outstanding at time of death, the deceased have living expense that are rather low. They don’t need a new wardrobe every year. Their food away from home, entertainment expenses and transportation costs are non-existent. Cemetery burial plots and caskets are usual paid for prior to internment. Thus, we could assume that the Social Security checks would go un-cashed. My sense is that is not the case.

    Maybe the one financial commitment that does not end at death is the need to continue caring for friends, partners, children and grandchildren. At least that is probably the excuse those cashing the decedents’ Social Security checks would argue.

    • Randall says:

      Social Security is on autopilot to being bankrupt and this is just another example of how poorly it operates. Guess the money goes back if it is uncashed…

  4. Tara says:

    “Veterans must navigate 613 forms across 18 agencies to get benefits.”

    Is this a surprise? We all should be aware of how the VA is so utterly ineffective.

  5. August says:

    “UnitedHealth said it had notified state regulators that it would leave the state’s individual market at year-end and force about 8,000 customers to find new coverage.

    Last month, Aetna Inc., the nation’s third-largest health insurer, made a similar move affecting about 50,000 existing policyholders.”

    Thats a lot of people.

    • Cabaret says:

      “In March, the agency had 600,000, roughly 70 percent, of its claims pending longer than 125 days.”

      Thats a lot too.