October 6, 2015
The annual open enrollment season, which runs through Dec. 7, is a potentially treacherous period, when scammers and predatory insurance agents ramp up their efforts to steal seniors’ Medicare numbers or entice them into costly, inappropriate coverage. In a recent example, the SMP said at least 30 seniors were enticed with a free chartered bus trip. In return, the insurance agent collected their Medicare card numbers and enrolled them in new Medicare plans that were deemed inappropriate.
Medicare beneficiaries can change their Part C and D plans during the season. Those who ignore the season could wind up paying hundreds of dollars in unnecessary prescription drug charges next year, especially as some drug prices have soared in recent months.
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