Seniors should be on the lookout for Medicare scams especially during the open enrollment period that runs from November 15 to December 31 each year. The scammers will try to obtain your personal information or sell you a plan that’s not the best fit your needs. You can protect yourself by doing the following:
- Don’t give out personal information to anyone claiming to be from Medicare. It already has that information. However, it is all right to provide Medicare information if you have initiated a call to Medicare for assistance, or to Medicare-plan provider when you choose to enroll in a plan.
- Be wary of brokers who try to pressure you into enrolling in a specific plan. Medicare-plan providers aren’t allowed to make cold calls or come to your door unless they are invited. And don’t believe claims that a plan is “Medicare Endorsed” or that you will lose benefits unless you enroll in a specific plan.
- Research and verify plans with Medicare by calling (800) 633-42273 or going to www.medicare.gov.