By Nathaniel F. Wienecke | August 6, 2019
It’s a scenario every senior citizen fears—getting seriously injured in an accident. Whether it’s a slip and fall at the grocery store or getting hit by a car crossing the street, the question of “who pays?” often isn’t far from anyone’s mind. Luckily for most Medicare beneficiaries, there is a process in place to make sure they receive the care they need in a timely matter.
Still, Medicare is not necessarily responsible for paying for care in cases where another party is liable for a beneficiary’s healthcare expenses resulting from an accident. The Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) system, as it is called, was created by Congress in 1980 to allow Medicare to pay for health care costs and then get repaid after the beneficiary received a settlement, judgement, or other award where medical expenses are involved for the same injury.