Suspicious Medicare Mailing

March 4, 2008

Individuals are receiving mailings regarding Medicare Insurance plans that have no official affiliation with the Medicare Program.

All Medicare approved mailings will state on the document that they are Medicare approved. These unapproved mailings are a concern because they can be confusing, are often misleading and request information that can be used to steal a person's identity.

A recent document that was mailed had no identifying marks about the company or organization that sent it. This is a red flag. Consumers should be on the lookout for a mailing with the heading "Medicare Changes in 2007". The mailing encourages the beneficiary to return to the sender an attachment in order to recieve information about options for saving money. Again, this mailing is not Medicare approved. Medicare beneficiaries need to be aware of these mailings as the information may be unreliable or inaccurate.