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Medicare Fraud Protection

Medicare scams are on the rise.

Here are 3 tips to protect yourself or those you love from Medicare fraud and scams. First, guard your Medicare card like you would a credit card. Second, if you get a call, text, or email asking for your Medicare number, don’t respond. Don’t give your card or Medicare number to anyone except people that you know should have it. If you get a summary notice or claims statement, review them carefully. A charge for a service you didn’t get – or a product you didn’t order – could signal a fraud. For example, a provider bills Medicare for services or supplies they never gave you – like charging you for a visit or a brace that you never received. Or, a provider charges twice for a service or item. If these occur, call your provider’s office to clarify. It could be a billing error. Or, it could signal a fraud.

Fraudulent claims can be made in your name if someone steals your Medicare number or card. If a company offers you a drug plan that Medicare hasn’t approved, that’s a red flag. Call 1-800-MEDICARE if you suspect any fraud. Be prepared to give your name, your card number, and the information you’re disputing on your summary notice. Don’t give your card or number to anyone except your doctor or am insurer acting on your behalf, or the Medicare office, and don’t join a health plan or drug plan over the phone unless you intentionally make the call. Now if you have an elderly family member, share these tips with them. Far too many are  being scammed!

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