Beware of Medicare Open Enrollment Scams

It’s that time of the year again. Medicare open enrollment for 2016 starts on Thursday, October 15 and closes on Monday, December 7. Open enrollment is an opportunity to review and update your current Medicare plan, including your Part D prescription drug coverage. New healthcare plans become available each year that may offer better coverage or save you money, so it’s important to take the time to carefully review your options.

For scam artists, it’s open season to steal your identity and your money. Don’t fall for it.

Look out for the following schemes:

  1. A person claiming to be from Medicare or your health plan says they want to send you a new ID card and need your Social Security number for confirmation.
  2. Someone calls about a refund from last year’s premiums or your drug plan costs. To get the refund they need your Medicare or Social Security number
  3. A person tries to get you to sign up for a plan that you don’t need, isn’t right for you, or doesn’t even exist – just to collect money from you.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

Protect your Medicare ID Number

  1. Medicare or your current health plan will NOT call you to confirm your ID number or your health plan number.
  2. If you get a call from an individual who requests your personal information, hang up immediately.

Report Fraud

To report suspected fraud call Virginia SMP at 804-644-5628 or 800-938-5558

To learn more about the health and drug plans that are available in your area, check out the Medicare Plan Finder at Medicare.gov/find-a-plan. In Virginia, you can contact your local Virginia Insurance Counseling Assistance Program (VICAP).  Volunteers and staff members are trained to assist older Virginians with Medicare and other types of insurance questions. Call 1-800-552-3402, to find the Area Agency on Aging closest to you.

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