Medicare beneficiaries beware and be careful.
I just got a phone call from a person claiming to want to meet with me to explain the new Medicare number and review my current benefits.
This is clearly an HHS (Health & Human Services) violation because Medicare brokers shouldn’t be cold calling for business without the consent of the beneficiary.
More importantly, there is really no need for an explanation of the new Medicare number. CMS is changing the numbers from our social security number to a random-accessed generated number to eliminate the fraud and identity theft because your current Medicare number is your social security number. Brokers have been after CMS to change the number for years to something not related to your social security number.
Please exercise caution when talking to someone about your new Medicare claim number. All they want is to meet with you to sell you something.
There are many more honest and reliable brokers to talk with about your benefits but that can only happen (If you are currently on Medicare with a MAPD or PDP plan) during the Annual Election Period and for 2019 the Open Enrollment Period from January to March 31st. If you’re on a Medicare Supplement you can change that but may have to qualify medically.
Again, this is fraud and needs to be reported to HHS fraud division as part of the Inspector General’s office. That number is 1-800-447-8477 and be prepared to make choices until you get to the fraud department. I just reported it and they will be investigating to hopefully close them down.
Seniors, please stay alert and be aware that there are dishonest people out there trying to get you to part with your money. Don’t be a statistic.
If you have questions, feel free to call me and I’ll answer all your questions without obligation.
The Barend Agency Inc.
Len Barend, broker