Open enrollment dates are approaching quickly. This is the time when you can sign up for new Medicare Advantage and Part D drug plans. During this time, you may have the chance to speak with a lot of different people about your Medicare benefits. While the vast majority of these people are licensed agents who comply with Medicare rules, you may need to take some care to be sure you protect your identity.
Protecting Your Identity During Medicare Open Enrollment
Medicare maintains a blog that provides a pretty good resource to bookmark. According to the Medicare blog, these are some good tips to keep your identity safe during open enrollment:
- Don’t give out your personal information on the phone: You should never get a call asking you for your Medicare number, social security number, or credit card number over the phone from anybody who is offering Medicare insurance.
- Be wary of anybody who offers you free stuff but needs your Medicare number: If these items are actually free, a company should not need your personal information. It is possible that Medicare covers some health products or services at no additional cost, but that’s not free, so somebody is not being entirely honest.
- If you aren’t sure, call: Remember that 1-800-MEDICARE is the number to call to check out any offers before you give out your information.
Of course, a licensed agent will need your Medicare number to enroll you in Medicare Advantage or Part D. Just be sure that you know who you are dealing with.
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