Medicare fraud tips

  • Make sure you buy from a licensed agent. Ask to see their credentials.
  • Never give out personal information such as your Social Security, bank account or credit-card numbers over the phone unless you've initiated the contact.
  • Keep your receipts and bills, and compare them to your Medicare Summary Notice ( to be sure you received all the services, supplies. or equipment listed.
  • Be careful of any sales person who says he or she is from Medicare. Medicare does not send sales people to solicit your business.

Insurance agents and brokers can't:

  • Market Medicare products or share plan details in doctor's offices, clinics, or pharmacy counters, or at educational events.
  • Offer free meals to potential clients listening to a Medicare sales presentation or for signing up for a particular plan.
  • Sell additional insurance products during any sales or marketing presentation for a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D plan.
  • Initiate unsolicited door-to-door visits, phone calls emails or any other type of sales contact without your express invitation.
SMP Logo SHIBA is Washington state's Senior Medicare Patrol ( project. We can help clients prevent, detect and report Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse. If you have questions or suspect fraud or abuse, call us at 800-562-6900.

Updated 10/15/2015

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