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5 Ways Medicare Theft Affects You Directly

How scam artists steal from you…

 

Practices such as phantom billing, which means charging Medicare for services not delivered, leaves money in the hands of fraudsters.

Medicare fraudsters steal billions from the system and they can also have a direct impact on your wallet and medical records.

  • Medical identity theft
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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

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Medicare and Your Aging Loved Ones

The Medicare maze seems to get more complicated by the day. The KITS team found this article by the AARP very helpful and wanted to pass it along as a resource for those of you who are searching for answers.

There is also a very useful book called Medicare for Dummies that you may want to check out–no, we know you’re not a dummy, but this book was written to clearly outline how Medicare works, what it covers, when to enroll, tips on staying healthy as one grows older, and much more.

An Amazon reviewer wrote: “Very thorough, but also clear (unlike everything else I’ve read so far). I finally feel like I understand Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medigap, what’s covered and what’s not. Also very complete info for where to go when there’s a problem. Worth every dime.”

A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.

Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let