Thursday, November 29, 2012

On Death Files, Competence and Confidence

As we noted last Spring, the Social Security Administration's Death Master File (DMF) "is itself rife with potential errors and misinformation." We reported this as part of our report on how life insurers are having an increasingly difficult time tracking down insureds and beneficiaries.

But there's another problem with that DMF, as well.

And this one's not so much about incorrect information as it is missing information.

One of my (very long term) clients lost her daughter 28 years ago, victim of a murder-suicide. Both her daughter and son-in-law have been gone almost 3 decades, but that didn't stop the government from reaching out to the long-dead perpetrator to remind him that he's now eligible for both Social Security and Medicare benefits.

But Henry, you may be asking, why are you even posting this?

Because it's just one more example (as if any were really needed) of how incompetent the Feds are at even the simplest of tasks, and these are the folks now in charge of our health care. In this case, it's simply a minor waste of postage, but what happens when it's your upcoming surgery?

Sleep well.
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