Saturday, October 15, 2005 more Q.I. program in Medicare

It appears Congress did not renew the "qualifying individual" program that pays the Part B premium for low-income Medicare beneficiaries. According to the Robert Pear in tomorrow's NY Times (but posted this afternoon here): About 192,000 Medicare beneficiaries with low incomes face a steep increase in costs because Congress has not renewed a program that paid their monthly premiums, the Bush administration said on Saturday."

According to an AP report from Thursday: "Officials familiar with the program said it's caught up in a dispute between the House and Senate over how to proceed with welfare reform. Funding for the program is not an issue, congressional aides say."

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