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Prevent Medicare Fraud

​Be Medicare-Aware:

  • Just walk away if someone approaches you in parking lots, shopping centers, or other public areas and offers you free services, groceries, transportation, or other items in exchange for your Medicare number.

  • Simply hang up the phone if someone calls you claiming to be conducting a health survey and asks for your Medicare number.

  • Do not let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare ID card or your identity. It's illegal and it's not worth it!

  • Don't give information to telephone marketers who pretend to be from Medicare or Social Security and ask for payment over the phone or Internet. They may want to steal your money.

Protect Your Identity:

  • Guard your Medicare and Social Security numbers carefully. Treat them like you would treat your credit cards.

  • Be suspicious of anyone who offers you free medical equipment or services and then requests your Medicare number. If it's free, they don't need your number!

  • Do not let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare ID card or your identity. It's illegal and it's not worth it!

  • If your Medicare card is lost or stolen, report it right away. Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) for a replacement.

Things to be aware of when looking at your statements:

  • Were you charged for any medical services or equipment that you didn't get?

  • Do the dates of services and charges look unfamiliar?

  • Were you billed for the same thing twice?

  • Does your credit report show any unpaid bills for medical services or equipment you didn't receive?

  • Have you received any collection notices for medical services or equipment you didn't receive?

Report Medicare Fraud and Medical Identity Theft:

  • If you spot unusual or questionable charges, contact your health care provider. It may just be a mistake.

  • If your complaint is not resolved by your provider, report the questionable charges to Medicare.

  • If you suspect Medicare fraud, contact the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General.

  • If you think someone is misusing your personal information, contact the Federal Trade Commission.

  • You may also contact the Kentucky Retirement Systems if you suspect Fraud, Waste or Abuse. Please call our office at 502-696-8856 to report insurance fraud, waste and abuse to our Division of Retiree Health Care. Your report message is completely anonymous unless you choose to provide contact information. While email messages are anonymous, please leave sufficient details so we may follow up with the appropriate agencies effectively. If you email KRS, please do not include any sensitive information, such as your social security number or KRS PIN.


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