New York City – A Brooklyn Rabbi who was wrongly charged over $5,000 in medical bills won’t have to pay a cent, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn and Queens) said today. Weiner corrected a Medicare error that held 85-year old Rabbi Meyer Lubin responsible for 2007 hospital fees.
Rabbi Lubin was charged two medical bills totaling over $5,000 for an April 2007 visit to Sloan-Kettering Hospital. Medicare should have covered Rabbi Lubin starting in March 2007, who’s currently residing in an assisted living home, but an error on his Medicare card made Rabbi Lubin responsible for the costs. After calling and writing letters to Medicare to no avail, Rabbi Lubin turned to Rep. Weiner for help a year later.
Rep. Weiner petitioned on behalf of Rabbi Lubin, calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to correct the problem. In late June, the Center responded to Rep. Weiner, assuring that a corrected card will be issued to him, which would allow Medicare to absorb Rabbi Lubin’s hospital bills.
Rep. Weiner said, “Rabbi Lubin and many others should not be scraping their wallets to pay for costs covered under Medicare. For many fixed-income seniors, Medicare cards are the tickets to affordable health care and it’s essential that these cards have the right information.”
Recently, Rabbi Lubin wrote a thank you letter to Rep. Weiner: “Considering it [Medicare] changed the date from 6/7 to 3/7, and after my many calls and letters to Medicare – all unsuccessful – you have done a great accomplishment. Thank you!”
(YWN Desk – NYC)