Tips For Avoiding Medicare Enrollment Scams

It’s almost time for Medicare’s Annual Election Period (Nov. 15 – Dec. 31) and with the recent changes to healthcare laws, some scammers are attempting to take advantage of people’s uncertainty.

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray says his office has already received complaints of phone scammers out to score citizens’ sensitive information like credit card and Social Security numbers:

Scam artists will attempt to use the new healthcare reform law to confuse seniors who are not familiar with the system. So far this year, my office has received more than 60 reports of Medicare-related scams, and we expect the number to climb as the enrollment period approaches.

To that end, Cordray’s office has sent out these three tips to help people identify and avoid Medicare enrollment scams:
1. Never provide any personal information over the phone if you are unsure about who is requesting the information.
2. Hang up on callers that pressure you for personal information or request that you enroll in a Medicare product over the phone. It’s shrewd to be rude!
3. Always review your quarterly Medicare Summary Notice to determine possible fraud or errors.

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  1. areaman says:

    4. Avoid anything that involves Florida.

  2. The cake is a lie! says:

    Not to be a grammar Nazi or anything, but I believe Cordray’s office HAS sent out stuff… not HAVE sent out stuff. ‘Office’ would need to be plural for have to be appropriate I believe. Again, I’m not a grammar Nazi, but that just stood out. Not much else to comment on. I’m glad they are making people aware of the scams which exist out there.

    • Bagumpity says:

      Perhaps the author is British. The British tend to use plural verbs with singular nouns that describe groups of people. For example, you might see “Drogheda United give Liverpool much-needed comeuppance in second half rout” in a sports page (not that that contest would ever take place, mind you).

  3. Fubish says: I don't know anything about it, but it seems to me... says:

    1. I’ve gotten a few things in the mail that look almost exactly like they came from CMS Medicare – and I had to do a double take to realize the forms weren’t authentic.

    2. I do review the summaries when I get them and last year I found a suspicious entry for a heart procedure at the Mary Hitchcok Medical Center in New Hampshire – where I NEVER have been for ANY medical treatment let alone a heart procedure. I literally spent hours on the phone with the clowns at Medicare getting bounced around from one office to another and finally gave up. They had no interest whatsoever in this fraudulent or mistaken charge.

    3. Stay off my lawn.