|For Immediate Release:
-- June 13, 2018
Should Be On Alert
OKLAHOMA CITY Oklahomas 675,000 residents on Medicare will get new, more secure cards starting this month. The card will have a new Medicare number thats unique to each person instead of the persons Social Security Number.
The change to a new Medicare Number will help protect citizens from identity theft and fraud, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak said. But with these new security measures comes an opportunity for scammers to take advantage of unsuspecting Medicare recipients. We want everyone to be aware.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has already spotted several scams involving the new cards. Medicare beneficiaries should know the following:
Do NOT pay for a new Medicare card. They are free. Never give your Social Security Number, bank account number or cash to anyone who says they need it in order to receive the new Medicare card. Medicare recipients do not need to do anything to get a new card. They are automatically mailed out.
If you have questions or need help with your new card, call the Oklahoma Insurance Departments Medicare Assistance Program at 800-763-2828.
About the Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.