Nashville, TN – The annual open-enrollment period for Medicare begins on October 15th and runs through December 7th. To many, the process can be confusing and off-putting. As is always the case when something seems confusing, scammers are their offer “assistance.”

BBB experts noted that during last years open enrollment period, BBB.org/ScamTracker got many reports about scammers claiming to be a government representative who can help you navigate your Medicare or Affordable Care Act options.

Scammers claimed to be a “health care benefits advocate” or a similar title. These scammers alledged they can enroll you in a better program than what you currently have. This new plan is cheaper, and you can keep all the same services. To get started, all you need to do is provide some personal information, such as your Medicare ID number. Of course, the call is a scam, and sharing personal information will open you up to identity theft.
 
In another common scam, callers tried to frighten – rather than assist – victims with their health care plans. In this case, scammers claimed that your Medicare will be discontinued if you didn’t re-enroll. Fortunately, this “Medicare advisor” can fix the situation – if you share personal information with them.
 
Watch out for similar scams in this new open enrollment period. Healthcare.gov does provide legitimate help with figuring out which plan is right for you. These people — sometimes called Navigators or…

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