However, “scammers” have already begun targeting this new program.
Some of the most common attempts involve constructing an obstacle preventing the recipient from receiving their new Medicare card.
There have been reports of faux Medicare representatives asking for immediate payments before a new card will be issued, requesting orders of temporary cards until the new can be issued, asserting a new card will not be issued until the old is mailed to a certain address, or claiming the new card has been issued but lost.
It is important to remember this process is being undertaken to protect recipients’ personal information. Medicare representatives will not call asking for payment or personal information.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services do not expect all new cards to be issued until April 2019 so there is no cause for worry if you or a loved one have not received theirs yet.
The simplest way to prevent a loved one from becoming a victim is making them aware they could potentially be a target and the warning signs they can look for.
Mr. Abraham is an experienced attorney and founding member of the Law Firm of Abraham & Bauer. The Towson, MD office of the firm concentrates its practice in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Medical Assistance (Medicaid), Guardianship, Asset Preservation and Fiduciary Representation.
He is an active member in a number of professional organizations that focus on law, the senior community, and estate planning. He works with clients in Central Maryland, especially in Towson, Hunt Valley, Lutherville/Timonium, Parkville, White Marsh, Bel Air & Northern Baltimore City.
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