Medicare is complicated and it's not always easy to know if a service or item you need is covered. Below are four main points, outlined in Medicare Rights Center's and SMP's July Medicare Minute article, to help troubleshoot any potential Medicare coverage problems. Point 1: Learn Medicare coverage rules. You do not need to know all of Medicare’s coverage rules, but … [Read more...] about Got Medicare Coverage Problems? Let’s Troubleshoot
Our California Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) has a new fraud-fighting tool available. It's called My Health Care Tracker, is available in English and Spanish and it can help beneficiaries prevent, detect and report suspected Medicare fraud. How? Let's read more about it, as shared on the SMP National Resource Center website... My Health Care Trackers offer: A place for … [Read more...] about Do You Have Your Own “Health Care Tracker”?
Since the COVID vaccines have come out, so have COVID vaccine survey scams. The Department of Justice recently reported that people across the country are receiving emails and/or texts that offer a “free” prize for filling out a COVID vaccine survey. They are told they’ll receive a free gift, such as an iPad, for compensation for completing the survey. All they have to do is … [Read more...] about Got Your Vaccine? Watch for COVID Vaccine Survey Scams
Families around the country have suffered greatly in losing loved ones to COVID-19. FEMA, the government agency whose mission is to help people before, during and after disasters, recently announced its funeral assistance program to help ease some of the financial burdens and stress from the death of a family member(s) due to the virus. Under the Coronavirus Response and … [Read more...] about COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Available
Remember to be be mindful of what you share on social media. Posting your COVID-19 vaccine card can provide pieces of key information that scammers can use to steal your identity or manufacture fake COVID-19 vaccine cards. Instead of posting your vaccine card, the HHS Office of Inspector General and Federal Trade Commission suggest you post pictures of your Band-Aid or the … [Read more...] about Be Mindful of Sharing Your COVID Vaccine Card