It often feels like we hear about a new scam targeting seniors nearly every day. And while it’s true that Medicare fraud and similar schemes can be incredibly harmful, you can save yourself the worry and stress – while also protecting yourself – by taking a few careful steps.
How to Avoid Medicare Fraud
Protect Your Information
Millions of people fall victim to identify theft every year. The best way to protect yourself is to be careful to whom you give out your personal information, such as your Social Security number. Be aware of the latest tactics that scammers are using, and be especially wary if someone approaches and asks you for information in that manner.
Keep Track of Your Medicare Card
In April 2018, Medicare gave recipients a specific Medicare number, instead of identifying them by Social Security number. This will prevent fraud, but only if Medicare numbers are guarded as closely as SSNs and other identifying information.
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Understand Your Medicare Plan
When you know and understand the details of your Medicare plan, you’re better able to spot anything out of the ordinary. Not sure what your plan covers, or need more coverage? Contact Twin City Underwriters.
Watch the Senior Medicare Patrol
The Senior Medicare Patrol is a group providing Medicare fraud information and education. Bookmark the website to stay up to date.
Know Your Medicare Rights
Did you know that you, as a Medicare recipient, have rights? These include information access and privacy, protection from discrimination, and access to health care. Learn more here.
Choosing a Medicare plan can be difficult. Working with an insurance broker can help cut you find a plan that meets your needs. Schedule a one-on-one meeting with one of our insurance brokers to get your insurance questions answered!
We offer a variety of Medicare information meetings as webinars each month. To join a meeting check out our event calendar here and use your new Zoom knowledge to take charge of your Medicare decision process. If you have any questions about signing into a Zoom webinar, please contact us for support. Try out a couple meetings until you are comfortable with online gatherings and soon you’ll be a meeting expert.