Have you suddenly lost access to your doctor? Are your specialists refusing to see you? Are you unable to get your prescriptions at the pharmacy? If any of these are true, you may have been tricked into signing up for hospice, a program that is medically unnecessary for you.
Hospice is an important benefit, covered by Medicare, and it is meant for Medicare beneficiaries with a terminal illness who have 6 months or less to live.
Some hospice agencies may approach you outside of supermarkets or may show up to your home unannounced to recruit you, a non-terminally ill Medicare beneficiary, by offering you free items or services and calling themselves a “program that helps seniors.”
If you, or someone you know, signed up for free services but now faces issues accessing medical care, please contact our California Senior Medicare Patrol immediately at 1-855-613-7080.
Download and share our hospice fraud alert available in English and Spanish.
For more information, see our articles:
- Hospice Matters & Hospice Fraud Harms
- Beneficiaries Pay the Price for Hospice Fraud
- Enroll in Hospice & Get a Visa? News Trends in Medicare Hospice Fraud
Also see our other Medicare fraud alerts available in up to 9 languages.