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Fight Fraud: Guard Your Medicare Card

Fight Fraud:  Guard Your Medicare Card

(October 18, 2017)

If you have Medicare, you can protect your identity and help prevent health care fraud by guarding your Medicare card like you would a credit card.

Identity theft from stolen Medicare Numbers is becoming more common.  Medicare’s here to help by removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards and replacing them with a new, unique number for each person with Medicare.  Medicare will mail new Medicare cards with the new numbers between April 2018 and April 2019.

Here are some important steps you can take to protect yourself from the identity theft that can lead to health care fraud:

  • Don’t share your Medicare Number with anyone who contacts you by telephone, email or in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance. Medicare will NEVER contact you (unless you ask us to) for your Medicare Number or other personal information.
  • Don’t ever let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare Number.
  • Review your Medicare Summary Notice to be sure you and Medicare are only being charged for actual items and services received.

If you’re looking to enroll in a Medicare plan:

  • Remember there are no “early bird discounts” or “limited time offers.”
  • Don’t let anyone rush you to enroll by claiming you need to “act now for the best deal.”
  • Be skeptical of free gifts, free medical services, discount packages or any offer that sounds “too good to be true.”

If someone calls you and asks for your Medicare Number or other personal information, hang up and call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).  To learn more about protecting yourself from identity theft and health care fraud, visit www.Medicare.gov/fraud or contact your local Senior Medicare Patrol (www.smpresource.org).

 

This message is brought to you by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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Angel Tree at NESCO

This year NESCO has an Angel Tree in the lobby.  The Angel Tree is for area seniors in need.  If you would like to help out, please stop by the Warner Park Community Recreation Center and pick out a tag from the tree.  Any support is greatly appreciated.

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Let’s Talk about Medicines

Let’s Talk About Medicines is a free one-hour educational program developed by Wisconsin Health Literacy to help participants obtain a better understanding of how to more safely and effectively use medicine, which can lead to better health.

Program topics include:
• Understanding the main parts of a prescription medicine label
• How to read and interpret special instructions on the label
• Types of containers and labels for solid and liquid medicines
• Dosage instructions and strategies to remember to take your medicine
• Information about over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and how they may interact with other medicines
• Basic storage techniques and more!

Each participant is provided with a free pillbox and workbook to take home, plus the chance to enter into a cash prize drawing at the end of the program.

This project is supported by Security Health Plan.

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