Watch Out for the “Scammer Swarm” During Open Enrollment

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Even though we’re nearing the end of Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment Period (OEP), running from October 15 to December 7, scammers are still swarming. Open Enrollment is the time when people on Medicare can evaluate their current coverage and make changes to their Original Medicare enrollment, Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan, or private Medicare Advantage plan. Yet with so many choices and changes in coverage for the new year, scammers swarm in to take advantage of people’s confusion. They often pretend to be helpful while trying to steal your personal details, financial information, and hard-earned savings. Or, they pressure you to enroll in certain plans without making sure it is the best choice for you and your needs.

To learn about current common Medicare scams, such as the Medicare imposter scam, Medicare flex card scam, free medical equipment scam, free lab test scam and the Medicare Advantage sales call scam and how to protect yourself from them, read a recent story from Fortune that also highlights our California Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP).

If you think you’ve been scammed, report Medicare fraud to our California SMP at 1-855-613-7080. If you’re in another state, call the national SMP hotline to get connected to your local SMP: 877-808-2468 or visit the National SMP Resource Center. We’ve got your back!

Karen Joy Fletcher

Our blogger Karen Joy Fletcher is CHA’s Communications Director. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she is the online “public face” of the organization, provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare and other health care issues. She is responsible for digital content creation, management of CHA’s editorial calendar, and managing all aspects of CHA’s social media presence. She loves being a “communicator” and enjoys networking and collaborating with the passionate people and agencies in the health advocacy field. See her current articles.