How To Become An Informed Medicare Consumer

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.

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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. Along with, finding practical and actionable tips on managing credit and debt, avoiding ID theft, fighting scams and fraud, understanding technology and using it safely, and much more.

At MedicareMall, we’re here to help you become an informed Medicare consumer. Here are 5 things Marilyn Tavenner, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and medicaid Services, says 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. 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

3. 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.

4. Get involved with other seniors 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.

5. Make informed Medicare choices. Each year during the fall Open Enrollment Period (October 15-December 7), review your plan to make sure it’s going to meet your needs for the following year. If you’re not satisfied with your current plan, you can switch during the Open Enrollment Period.

After you are feeling protected, come chat with us here at MedicareMall and learn how to feel even more protected with our Medigap plans. Original Medicare pays for many, but not all, health care services and supplies. A Medicare Supplement Insurance policy, sold by private companies, can help pay some of the health care costs that Original Medicare doesn’t cover, like copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. We’ll help find the plan that’s just right for you. To get started, fill out our free Medicare Supplement Insurance quote form.

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