Protect Yourself From Medicare Fraud

Medicare scams are rampant. With millions of people on Medicare, it is a growing commonplace for identity theft and fraud. Follow these steps to protect yourself:

  1. Review all of your bills and look for claim errors or other specious activity on your statements.
  2. Be suspicious of doctors, healthcare providers or suppliers if they tell you their service is free, they know how to get Medicare to pay or that the more tests provided, the cheaper it becomes.
  3. Be suspicious of doctors that do not charge copay upon check-in, or if they bill for services you do not get.

Protect yourself from identity theft by never giving out your information to someone who calls you out of the blue. Never give out your entire social security number, bank account information or credit card information over the phone.

Report plans that don’t follow the rules
If you think a plan isn’t following these rules, you can:
■ Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should
call 1-877-486-2048.
■ Contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program
(SHIP). To get the phone number for your state, visit, or call 1-800-MEDICARE.