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About 12,000 letters sent in error to Medicare patients

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The State of Michigan sent out about 12,000 letters with misinformation regarding Medicare premiums.

The letters were sent in error, according to Bob Wheaton, communications manager for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The letters said the state was suspending Medicare Part B payments. That was inaccurate.

"The main thing we want to emphasize is that people don't need to worry about seeing any reduction in their assistance for Medicare Part B premiums. We are fixing the mistake," Wheaton said.

The letters were sent out due to a technical system error. The Social Security Administration will send a letter notifying people of the error.

"We understand the concern that this incorrect notice caused for our customers and apologize for creating this confusion. People who received the notice do not need to take any action," Wheaton said.

*Editors note: The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services first said around 15,000 people received the incorrect letters, they now say it was more like 12,000 people.

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