MEDICARE DRUG DISCOUNT CARD
"Medicare Beneficiaries Warned About Drug Card Scams"
"Medicare Starts Website to Compare Drug Prices"
"Lots of cards, lots of confusion: New Medicare drug discount means seniors face some puzzling choices"
"Consumers Warned to Be Wary of Scams Involving Medicare Drug Discount Cards" "Medicare Implements New Steps to Prevent Drug Card Fraud"
"Medicare Makes Drug Card Enrollment Easier with Autoenrollment and Standard Form"
Lately, newspaper headlines have been filled with information about the new Medicare-approved Drug Discount Cards. Some of the articles warn against drug card scams that have been reported in various parts of the United States. Seniors are frequently the targets of professional and amateur scam artists. Over the past few years, the number of companies that market counterfeit health care programs has increased, with thousands of people falling victim to health care fraud.
Seniors must protect themselves against unscrupulous telemarketers and door-to-door solicitors who promote "look-alike" programs or pose as "facilitators," willing to provide enrollment assistance to seniors ? for a fee. Some Medicare beneficiaries have received telephone and in-person solicitations from such impostors, pretending to be Medicare officials, and extracting personal identifying information from beneficiaries.
How can seniors navigate the intricate process of choosing a drug discount card and avoid falling into the traps of clever scam artists? Health care decisions are complicated, and making an informed decision about the best card program for you will take time and energy. Seniors should be proactive in order to maximize the value of the Drug Discount Card. Don't be afraid to ask for assistance, and take time to evaluate the different programs before enrolling. The Attorney General offers the following tips to remember and some resources that can provide assistance in reaching your decision.
The Department of Aging is also sponsoring town meetings throughout the Commonwealth to educate the public about the Medicare Drug Discount Card. Your pharmacist may also be willing to help you compare the benefits of the different Medicare-approved discount drug cards available in your area.
The decisions we make about our health care are vitally important, and should be given careful consideration. Health care is a complex and challenging area, and I encourage seniors to avail themselves of the resources I have mentioned above when deciding upon their Drug Discount Card.
If you believe you have been victimized by health care fraud, contact my Health Care Section at: 14th Floor, Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120, at 717-705-6938 or 877-888-4877 (10 AM to 3 PM weekdays), or file an online complaint.