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Scams and Fraud Alerts


  • Although it may be legal to sell supplemental insurance plans for Original Medicare door-to-door, it’s certainly illegal for salesmen to say they are government officials.
  • Uncle Sam does not make house calls to sell health insurance. If someone comes to your home claiming to be from the government with an insurance offer, shut the door.
  • Buying a supplemental insurance plan can be wise for Original Medicare recipients, but before you sign up, you need to do some homework.
  • Check with your health care provider/s before making insurance changes. You need to know what plans they work with to avoid excess out-of-pocket costs.