First posted 9/14/11 on The Doctor Weighs In
Dr. Don Berwick, head of CMS, just turned 65. He has already turned in his paperwork to get his Medicare coverage. This is fantastic. The head of CMS will now receive benefits from the health insurance program that he oversees.
Of course, he is still working, so he still has his employer-sponsored benefits. But an article on NPR.org indicates he may only sign up for Part A (hospital coverage) to supplement his existing health plan. Because he doesn’t need to sign up for Part B (doctors and other non-hospital services) yet, he won’t have to worry about paying a means-tested monthly premium.