Medicare promises to cut asbestos case backlog

WASHINGTON, DC

POSTED: 9:29 PM Apr 09 2013
Medicare promises to cut asbestos case backlog
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Max Baucus says 150 asbestos victims in the Libby area have yet to get compensation.

They must get healthcare estimates from Medicare before they can receive their settlements from W.R. Grace.

The estimates indicate what portion Medicare believe its owed for covering asbestos related care.

Today, Senator Baucus called the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Marilyn Tavenner, before a committee.  Baucus shared individual stories of victims and asked why a backlog is slowing Libby area cases.

Tavenner responded, "I think by the end of this month, we will have completed at least one hundred individual cases that I am aware of.  There's also another large group that is moving through in a larger settlement, so I think we will have done a good job in eliminating some of the backlog and you have got my commitment that I will stay on top of it going forward."

Baucus says the process to determine how much Medicare is owed has lasted for more than one year.