FLORIDA SENIORS URGED TO BEWARE OF SCAMS WHEN CHOOSING NEW MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION COVERAGE
One-Stop Shopping for Information and Resources Made Available
With the start date for enrolling in the new Medicare Part D prescription drug program less than a month away, Tom Gallagher, Florida’s chief financial officer reported that his department’s consumer helpline is getting calls from Floridians looking for help signing up for the new coverage. Also, incidents of possible scams to take advantage of seniors have been reported by Medicare officials.
“I am deeply concerned that scam artists will exploit seniors interested in new options under Medicare,” said Gallagher. “We will aggressively pursue those who attempt to rip off the elderly. I urge Florida seniors to log onto our Senior Resource Center at www.flseniors.net and to avoid fraudulent offerings.”
Gallagher said there are approximately three million Medicare beneficiaries in Florida eligible for the new Part D coverage. But he urged eligible seniors to seriously consider signing up for a Medicare plan unless they have existing coverage that is equal to the Medicare plan. If an individual lacks coverage and doesn’t sign up during open enrollment, a penalty of as much as one-percent per month could be added to the monthly premium.
The eight companies awarded contracts by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services were: Electronic Data Systems Corp.; Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, Inc.; IntergrGuard, LLC; Livanta, LLC; Maximus Federal Services, Inc.: NDC Health; Perot Systems Government Services, Inc.; and Science Applications International Corp.
Gallagher offered tips to seniors to avoid becoming victims of Medicare Part D scam artists:
One-stop shopping for website links and toll-free phone numbers to numerous state and federal contacts is available at http://www.flseniors.net/ or by calling the Department of Financial Services consumer helpline at 1-800-342-2762.