May 25th, 2010
In a new scam preying upon older adults, callers are contacting seniors, identifying themselves as Medicare employees, and telling beneficiaries that they must tell the caller what their Medicare, Social Security or bank account numbers are in order to receive Part D “donut hole” rebates.
Under the new healthcare reform law, all beneficiaries who fall into the Medicare “donut hole” coverage gap this year will automatically get a $250 rebate. It’s important for seniors to know that Medicare will send them “donut hole” rebate checks automatically, as soon as they fall into the coverage gap. Beneficiaries need to do nothing to get these checks.
Seniors should never share their Medicare Health Insurance Claim Numbers with anyone except their physicians or other Medicare providers, CMS warns. Seniors should be equally careful with their Social Security and bank account numbers.
“What we’re hearing about scams is really alarming; we’re doing everything we can to address this,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee, who mentioned the scam while presenting the Public Policy Speech during AGS’ Annual Meeting earlier this month.
Please share this information with other healthcare providers, your patients and their family members.
MEDICARE PART D
Prescription Drug Coverage
Assistance Is Available
through the University of Florida, Nassau County Extension Service. Meg McAlpine, Nassau County’s Family and Consumer Sciences Agent IIIis available to educate and assist individuals about Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. Individual assistance will be provided at the Yulee Extension office. Internet access will be available to the Medicare website and to the Prescription drug care coverage plans.
Assistance will be provided every Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:30am beginning August 8th to December 19th.
Call for Appointment
All assistance will be provided through appointments. Please call (904)530-6353 to make your 1 hour appointment with Meg McAlpine.
Please bring your Medicare card and all current prescription drug information: name of drug and dosage to your appointment.
For more information: Contact Meg McAlpine at 321-5715
FCS Agent IV