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The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) is alerting Medicare beneficiaries that they all should have received their new Medicare cards in the mail by now.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in mid-January it had finished mailing new Medicare cards.
The new cards have a unique identification number instead of the beneficiary’s Social Security number. The move was made to protect people from identity theft. People in Missouri were among the last states to receive the cards in the mail.
If you have not received your new card, here are some steps you can take:
--Look around your house for old or unopened mail. New Medicare cards were mailed in a plain white envelope from the Department of Health and Human Services.
--Sign into MyMedicare.gov to get your new number or print an official card. You will need to create an account, if you don’t already have one.
--Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to verify your identity, check your address and help get your new card.
--Ask your health care provider, who may be able to securely look up your new number.
If you have not received your card, you may continue to use your current card to get health care services until you get your new card.
As always, report suspected Medicare fraud to the Missouri SMP at 1-888-515-6565.
This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MPPG0040, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.Type your paragraph here.

       Happy New Year! The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) exists to make sure that seniors know about the latest Medicare scams. Medicare fraud costs the government (and thus consumers) an estimated $6.8 million each hour.
      The main focus of the SMP is on Medicare fraud. However, we also want to make you aware of the many other ways in which scammers are trying to steal from bank accounts and credit card accounts.
      To help protect yourself from Medicare fraud, the Missouri SMP offers these three tips:
      Don’t give out any personal information – including bank account, credit cards, Social Security card numbers or Medicare numbers – to anyone you do not know. That includes someone who phones you claiming to be with your bank, Medicare, Social Security or the IRS. The government agencies generally don’t phone you, and they already know the information. The IRS also won’t call or email you and threaten to arrest you.
      Don’t fall for the grandparent scam. That happens when a frantic person calls claiming to be a family member or friend a relative who is either ill or in jail and needing emergency money. The aim is to get you so worked up that you send money or other forms of payment before you even have time to think. Check out the stories before you act. It’s most likely a scam.
      Rely on your personal primary care physician to order any durable medical equipment (scooters, wheelchairs, etc.) or to prescribe you special diabetic shoes. Don’t rely on salespeople to tell you what you need. Ask your doctor.
      As always, report suspected Medicare fraud to the Missouri SMP at 1-888-515-6565.
      This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MPPG0040, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.


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