Jan 18, 2012
If you are a senior or if have seniors in your life, please pass along this information. Every U.S. citizen older than 65 qualifies for Medicare, making Medicare/health insurance fraud one of the most common scams targeting seniors in 2011, according to the National Council on Aging (NCOA).
Click on the following link to the NCOA article “Top 10 Scams Targeting Seniors”. Medicare loses an estimated $50 billion a year nationally to health care swindlers.
Anyone age 65 or older is a target and “scammers know this; criminals do not have to do research to find their victims,” says Idaho Department of Insurance Director Bill Deal. “Medicare beneficiaries are easy prey. Most beneficiaries have a supplemental policy that picks up what Medicare does not pay leaving seniors vulnerable to pitches for services or equipment.”
The Department has the following tips for consumers, especially seniors:
Idahoans with questions about Medicare can contact the Department’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) office at 800-247-4422.
Source: Idaho Department of Insurance, News Release - January 18, 2012