SMP Fraud Prevention Fact April 2021

This month’s Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) Fraud Fact deals with a national COVID-19 vaccine email scam. There is a suspicious email going around that asks people to complete a survey and to receive a free reward in exchange for a nominal fee  “to cover shipping.” This is a scam to try to steal your…

SMP COVID Vaccine Fraud

The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) wants older adults and their caregivers to be on the lookout for potential COVID-19 vaccine fraud and scams. Here are some tips to protect yourself from potential vaccine fraud:•You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.•You cannot…

SMP- Fraud Fact

As the COVID-19 pandemic grows, so do the scams associated with it. Because older people are at greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19, the Missouri SMP warns that they also are prime targets of potential fraud. As of the beginning of December, there was no FDA-approved vaccine for COVID-19. The first vaccine is expected…

SMP- Open Enrollment

It is that time of year again – open enrollment for Medicare prescription drug coverage and Medicare Advantage plans. Open enrollment annually occurs from October 15 to December 7. If you are on Medicare, you have an opportunity to change your Part D Prescription Drug Plan and/or Advantage plan during this time. In order to…

SMP- Look Out for Fraud

The Missouri SMP wants you to be on the lookout for fraud related to COVID-19 contact tracing. Contact tracing helps to slow the spread of COVID-19 and helps protect you, your family, and your community by letting people know they may have been exposed to COVID-19. It helps people get testing if they need it…

SMP- Beware of Cold Calls

Beware of the cold sales call – on the phone or on your doorstep. The Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) wants to remind you that Medicare will not call you out of the blue asking for your Social Security, Medicare or banking information. Medicare has strict rules regulating companies who sell Medicare Advantage plans –…

SMP- New Medicare Card Number

Happy New Year! The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) wants to remind you that the alpha-numeric number on the new Medicare card is required for providers to process claims beginning January 1. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you should present that card to the provider.

SMP Needs You!

Missouri SMP Press Release: The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) is looking for volunteers in our area to help seniors protect their Medicare benefits.

SMP- DNA Testing

The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) is focusing on providers who offer DNA or genetic testing to older adults and tell them that the service is free to Medicare beneficiaries.

SMP- It’s Tax Time

It is income tax time, and that gives the Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) one more reason to remind you about scammers. The scam artists might be coming at you with emails, phone calls and snail mail this tax season. Be ready.