To protect yourself from enrollment fraud:

  • Protect your Medicare and Social Security information.
  • Be wary of unsolicited calls from individuals asking for your personal information.
  • Rely on government websites and emails as the best sources of unbiased information.
  • Request translation services when necessary.
  • Confirm everything that a plan agent tells you before making a final decision about a plan, in writing if possible. For instance, if a plan agent tells you that all of your doctors are considered in-network providers for the plan, call the plan directly yourself and contact a provider directly to learn what insurance they accept. If you use an online plan directory, you should also call the plan directly to make sure that the information is up to date.
  • Be aware of your right to choose how you receive Medicare coverage. You can have either Original Medicare with a stand-alone Part D plan, a Medicare Advantage plan that includes Part D prescription drug coverage, or a Medicare Advantage plan that does not include Part D drug coverage with a separate, stand-alone Part D plan. If you choose to return to Original Medicare from a Medicare Advantage plan, you will not lose your Medicare benefits. Beware of agents who make it seem that a Medicare Advantage plan is your only option.
    If you are feeling pressured into making an enrollment decision, tell the plan representative that you will follow up later to make a decision. Report the behavior to 1-800-MEDICARE or contact your Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) by calling 877-808-2468 or visiting

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