Medicare fraud wastes a lot of money each year and results in higher health care costs and taxes for everyone. There are con artists who may try to get your Medicare Number or personal information so they can steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud.
Guard your Medicare card like it’s a credit card. Give your Medicare Number only to people you know should have it. Medicare, or someone representing Medicare, will never contact you for your Medicare Number or other personal information unless you’ve given them permission in advance. Learn more about the limited situations in which Medicare can call you.
New Medicare cards coming in 2018
To help protect your identity, Medicare is mailing new Medicare cards between April 2018 and April 2019. Your new card will have a new Medicare Number that’s unique to you, instead of your Social Security Number. Here’s how you can get ready:
- Be on the lookout for your new Medicare card, and watch out for scams
- Learn how to protect your Medicare Number and other personal information
Spot and report Medicare billing fraud
Protect yourself and Medicare against fraud by reviewing your Medicare claims for errors, looking for other types of fraud, and reporting anything suspicious to Medicare.
Protect yourself, your loved ones, and Medicare from fraud
- Find out what you need to know if you’re in, or thinking about joining, a Medicare health or drug plan
- Learn more about protecting yourself from fraud by contacting your local Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). Find the SMP in your state.