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Seniors Urged To Be Aware Of Medicare Scams

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October, November and December are the typical months that seniors become prey to Medicare scams because of open enroll for Medicare Part D prescription drug options.

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The Department of Human Resources Division of Aging Services (DAS) GeorgiaCares program urges seniors to be aware of Medicare scams this season. They should be cautious of anyone who calls claiming that they are from Social Security or Medicare and requesting their social security or bank routing numbers , because Medicare and Medicaid do not participate in telemarketing or door-to-door sales.

"Older adults are one of our most vulnerable populations. We want to inform them of ways to avoid being a victim of fraud by not providing personal information to anyone they don't know," said Maria Greene, Dire ctor of DAS. "If someone calls and asks for personal information, simply hang up the phone. If anyone suspects Medicare or Medicaid fraud, error or abuse, he should report it to GeorgiaCares at 1-800-669-8387."

When GeorgiaCares receives a report of Medicare fraud, it files a complaint and forwards the information to the appropriate health care provider or law enforcement agency for investigation.