Officials warn of Medicare fraud during open enrollment

Officials warn of  Medicare fraud during open enrollment

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Officials warn of Medicare fraud during open enrollment

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by BILL MCGINTY / NBC Charlotte Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 10 at 2:19 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Most companies have open enrollment for benefits this month. Likewise, Medicare does the same, and today warnings are going out to seniors about fraud.

Government officials are talking about open enrollment for the Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) as well as the advantage plan.

It starts October 15 and runs all the way December 7. There are a couple of things to be wary of, and one is the "door-to-door salesperson".

Insurance agents cannot solicit business for Medicare Part "D" or Medicare Advantage without an appointment, so officials encourage people not to let uninvited guests in to their home to give any kind of sales pitch.

Medicare has no official sales reps, so anyone claiming to be one has no authorization through the government agency.

This information is also for those who are Medicare beneficiaries, scammers will often fish for bank account information or social security numbers.

Experts say people need to do their homework to find out what questions they should be asking based on their personal situation.

To get more Medicare information in North Carolina, click here

 

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