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Health Director Unsure When Medicare Matter Will Be Resolved

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Percy Ashcraft, County Administrator                       (804) 633-5380

Health Director Unsure When

Medicare Matter Will Be Resolved

Regional Health District Director Dr. John Petrasky told a group of Regional Elected Officials Tuesday night that he is not sure when the Medicare billing glitch will be resolved and senior citizens will once again be allowed to get their flu shots free of charge.

Dr. Petrasky was at the Caroline Visitor Center where the Caroline County Board of Supervisors was hosting the Regional Elected Officials Dinner. He was there to make a presentation on the H1N1 flu pandemic, but addressed the Medicare matter at the end of his remarks.

“We have been trying for six months to get this resolved,” commented Dr. Petrasky. “I cannot say when it will be resolved. There is someone at the state level who is addressing this. We hope it is soon.”

Caroline County is the only locality in the regional health district that has this issue. Dr. Petrasky explained the Caroline office had to reapply for permission to give the flu shot because of a billing glitch that involved Medicare sending information to the wrong mailing address.

“This is why people lose confidence in their government,” commented Vice Chairman Maxie Rozell of the Caroline Board of Supervisors. “These things should not happen when it involves people’s lives. We have folks who can’t get their flu shots and they are worried.”

In the meantime, flu shots will continue to be available for patients covered by Medicaid and those willing to pay $35 out-of-pocket.

Rozell has asked County staff to solicit the assistance of US Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb along with Caroline’s Congressional representatives.

Caroline County contributes almost $325,000 to the Regional Health District for service in Caroline County. The offices are located in the rear of the Community Services Center.

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