Sunday, November 17, 2013

More Medicare and ACA scams

It was inevitable. The Wall Street Journal has posted: 

Fraudsters Are Exploiting New Health Law
One Con: Telling Medicare Beneficiaries They Must Choose New Plans

A selection:
According to a recent survey. . . a significant portion of Medicare recipients has misconceptions about the ACA. While there have been no changes to Medicare's annual open-enrollment procedures, 20% of Americans age 65 and over incorrectly believe they can enroll in Medicare through one of the new state-based health-insurance exchanges, which actually cater to individuals under 65. Seventeen percent believe exchange-based policies are replacing Medicare, according to the survey.
David Lipschutz, a policy attorney at the nonprofit Center for Medicare Advocacy, says Medicare employees "as a rule" don't contact beneficiaries. He says Medicare rules prohibit most insurers, brokers and agents from initiating contact with Medicare beneficiaries.

Over the line

 NPR describes the experiences of those who inadvertently ended up disqualifying themselves from SSI and other programs managed by the Soci...