The phone rings, you answer it and the person asks “Are you 65 or older?  Do you have chronic pain?”  The caller then offers you a “free” topical pain relief cream or an all- purpose arthritis kit.  All you are asked to do is provide your Medicare number for the government to pay the bill.  DO NOT EVER GIVE YOUR MEDICARE NUMBER TO ANYONE WHO CALLS YOU !   Legitimate health care providers will never look for customers over the phone.  To avoid fraud:

  1. Know what your Medicare plan covers.  If in doubt, call me.
  2. Be as careful with your Medicare number as you would be with your credit card number.
  3. Do not deal with medical suppliers who call you out of the blue.
  4. Your primary care physician is should always participate in medical decisions.
  5. Review your monthly Medicare statements to see if there is any suspicious activity
  6. Call 1-800-MEDICARE to report fraudulent activity.
June 22, 2015

Medicare fraud alert

The phone rings, you answer it and the person asks “Are you 65 or older?  Do you have chronic pain?”  The caller then offers you a […]
June 22, 2015

2015 income limits for AHCCS and Low Income Subsidy (LIS)

QMB Individual income= $1001 per month Couples income= $1348 per month Resource limit is $7280 for an individual and $10,930 for a couple LIS Individual income= […]
June 20, 2013

Congratulations ! You’ve retired. Now what?????

The first thing to think about is “What lifestyle do I want in retirement?”  Do you want to stay in the same home or move closer […]
May 29, 2013

7 ways saving for retirement like going on a diet?

1.  Everyone plans on starting “tomorrow”.        The bad part about that is the next thing you know, it’s 6 months later and you still haven’t started. […]