Department of Insurance warns against Medicare scams

2 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Friday, October 30 2015 Oct 30, 2015 Friday, October 30, 2015 11:46:00 AM CDT October 30, 2015 in News
By: Hannah Knight, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Insurance warned Missourians Friday to watch for scams during Medicare open enrollment.

The department said the best line of defense while fighting against health care fraud and abuse is to protect your personal information.

"Scam artists will likely try to take advantage of Missourians during Medicare open enrollment, but you can help minimize fraud by recognizing dishonest tactics," said department director John Huff. "Remember to never give your Medicare or Social Security numbers to strangers especially those offering unverifiable free services."

The department said ways to avoid being scammed includes verifying that a salesperson is a licensed insurance agent, be cautious of door-to-door sales people, and know that Medicare has no sales representatives and cannot solicit at your home without making an appointment first.

Missourians can visit the Medicare website for tips, and an additional resource is CLAIM, the state health insurance assistance program from Missouri. CLAIM provides free help from certified counselors to people on Medicare and their caregivers.

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