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Senior Fraud and Scams

Is That a Letter from Medicare?

The Illinois SMP at AgeOptions has received several reports from beneficiaries receiving letters that they believe are from Medicare. These letters say that it is important that you call soon to talk to a licensed insurance agent about the options available to you in 2019.
These letters are not coming from Medicare but are coming from a “.com” company. Medicare does not require you to review your plans or make changes.
Medicare lets you compare plans on its official government site Medicare.gov. It is important to note that the web address for the official Medicare page includes “.gov” Any website other than Medicare.gov or MyMedicare.gov is not the official government website.
Also, if you want to call Medicare, the number is
1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). Be careful dialing that number to ensure you are actually calling
1-800-633-4227.
If you have received a letter from a “.com” company, look closely at the letter. It will usually say that it is from a “non-government resource,” meaning that it is not a letter from Medicare itself.
From now until December 7, this is Medicare’s annual open enrollment period, and you have