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5 Ways to Become an Informed Medicare Consumer



Article courtesy of The Medicare Blog.

By Marilyn Tavenner, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Each day, you make decisions about your finances, health, privacy and more. It’s important to protect yourself and make the best choices for you, especially when it comes to your Medicare. During National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), non-profit organizations and government agencies give people like you information on how to take advantage of your rights and make better-informed choices. Here are 5 things you can do:

1. Know Your Rights


As a person with Medicare, you have certain rights and protections designed to help protect you and make sure you get the health care services the law says you can get.


2. Protect Your Identity


Identity theft happens when someone uses your personal information without your consent to commit fraud or other crimes.


3. Keep the Following Personal Information Safe: 

  • Your name
  • Your Social Security number
    Your Medicare number (or your membership card if you’re in a Medicare Advantage or other Medicare health plan)
    Your credit card and bank account numbers
  • Get more information on how to protect yourself from identity theft.


4. Help Fight Medicare Fraud


Medicare fraud diverts money from the Medicare program each year, which means higher health care costs for you. Learn how to spot and report fraud.


5. Get Involved With The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

The SMP educates and empowers people with Medicare to take an active role in detecting and preventing health care fraud and abuse.


If you're thinking about reviewing, renewing our changing your current Medicare plan, call one of our Trusted Senior Specialists agents! They will be more than happy to guide you to the best fit plan that works with your goals, budget and lifestyle. 


Would you like more in depth information on the topics discussed above? Download our New to Medicare Guide!


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