New Medicare ID card scams
Recently there have been multiple phone scams regarding the new Medicare ID cards being mailed to all beneficiaries starting in April 2018.
- Medicare will never charge you for your Medicare ID card
- Medicare will never call you and ask for any personal information
- There is nothing that you need to do to get your new Medicare ID card
Visit Medicare.gov for more information about Medicare fraud and abuse.
Blue MedicareRx (PDP) takes allegations of Medicare fraud and abuse very seriously. If you think that you or a Blue MedicareRx member has been a victim of Medicare or health insurance fraud or abuse, please use the following phone number to report your concern.
TTY hearing impaired users call 711
8 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily, local time
You may also contact Medicare directly with concerns about Medicare Advantage plans or Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, such as Blue MedicareRx, at: 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24 hours per day, seven days a week. TTY hearing impaired users call 1-877-486-2048.
About Waste Fraud and Abuse
The U.S. General Accounting Office estimates that $1 out of every $10 spent for Medicare and Medicaid is lost to fraud and abuse. That means that there is less money to help people like you who depend on these programs for health care. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is actively working to identify, investigate and prosecute health insurance fraud, but we need your help.
Some examples of fraud include:
- Altering claims to obtain higher payments
- Soliciting, offering or receiving a kickback, bribe or rebate
- Using another person's Medicare card to obtain medical care
This is an example of abuse:
- Claims for prescriptions that aren't medically necessary
Every effort will be made to protect the identity of the reporting party. There will be no retaliation for good faith reporting.
Resources to Help Protect Yourself from Fraud, Waste and Abuse
- Guard Your Card: Don’t let anybody steal your identity
- Telemarketing Scams
- Things You Should Know About Paying for Prescriptions
- Discount Prescription Drug Card Scams
- Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs – English
- Risks Associated with Online Pharmacies - English
- Detecting Home Health Fraud – English
- Reporting Medical Transport Fraud – English
- Reporting Health Insurance Marketplace Fraud – English
- Questioning Free Medical Supplies – English
- Questioning Free Medical Supplies – Spanish
- Reporting Services Not Provided – English
- Reporting Services Not Provided – Spanish
- Identity Theft Prevention Tips – English
- Identity Theft Prevention Tips – Spanish
- Protecting Medicare for Future Generations – English
- FRAUD ALERT: Beware of Phone Scams