Get All Your Federal Benefit Payments in One Account Using Direct Payment

Posted on September 3, 2020 by Joanne Gasparini, Associate Commissioner of the Office of Financial Policy and Operations Direct deposit is the safest and most convenient way to receive your benefit payment. In 2013, the Department of the Treasury issued a mandate to move away from checks as a method to deliver federal benefit payments. Since then, almost 99 percent …

Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment Period October 15 • December 7 During this open enrollment period, Medicare health and drug plan options may be reviewed. A local MMAP Counselor can help you sign up for a new Medicare Plan. Explore Medicare options with a MMAP counselor. You can speak to a MMAP counselor via phone or video chat. For more information and …

Medicare open enrollment is coming up. Three steps to save money this fall

Open enrollment for Medicare Advantage plans and Part D prescription coverage starts on Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7. • Resist the temptation to automatically reenroll in the plan you have. Doctors and networks can change. Failure to keep up with these changes could lead to higher costs. • Every September, plans send out an “annual notice of change” …

Make sure you’re protected from hepatitis

Hepatitis viruses cause more than 5,000 deaths each year in the U.S., and that number keeps growing. Fortunately, Medicare coverage can help keep you protected from Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, the most common types of hepatitis in the United States. Hepatitis B and C viruses spread through contact with blood or other body fluids of an infected person. These …

Help fight Medicare fraud

Note: Stay alert for fraud during the coronavirus national emergency. Con artists like to take advantage of people when they’re distracted. Con artists may try to get your Medicare Number or personal information so they can steal your identity and commit Medicare fraud. Medicare fraud results in higher health care costs and taxes for everyone. Protect yourself from Medicare fraud. …

Help COVID-19 contact tracers, not scammers

June 25, 2020 by Shameka L. Walker Attorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC Contact tracing call? 5 things to know after nearly three months of stay-at-home orders, America is starting to open up again. Contact tracers, the folks who work for state health departments to try to track anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19, are an …

12 Tips from Top Feds to Avoid Fraud During the Pandemic

A dozen federal officials offer advice to outsmart coronavirus scammers by Katherine Skiba, AARP, June 17, 2020 | Comments: 0 Twelve top scam fighters from the federal government participated in AARP’s “Slam the Scam: Coronavirus Edition” webinar. Here is a selection of tips from the fraud experts. Register for free to watch the full webinar. “Some bad actors are trying …

Running Essential Errands

Grocery Shopping, Take-Out, Banking, Getting Gas, and Doctor Visits What you need to know • Stay home if sick. • Use online services when available. • Wear a cloth face covering when running errands. • Use social distancing (stay at least 6 feet away from others). • Use hand sanitizer after leaving stores. • Wash your hands with soap and …

LGBT Older People & COVID-19

Addressing Higher Risk, Social Isolation, and Discrimination Issue Brief – May 2020 MAP movement advancement project SAGE Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders “We refuse to be invisible” Center for American Progress There are more than 2.7 million LGBT people who are 50 years or older living across the country.¹ The current COVID-19 health crisis threatens their health, safety, and …

Georgia Woman Arrested for Role in Scheme to Defraud Health Care Benefit Programs Related to Cancer Genetic Testing and COVID-19 Testing

A Georgia woman was arrested today for her alleged role in a conspiracy to defraud Medicare, a federally funded health care benefit program, by submitting false and fraudulent claims for cancer genetic (CGX) testing, as well as her role in conspiring to submit fraudulent claims related to COVID-19 and other tests. Ashley Hoobler Parris, aka Ashley Hoobler and Ashley Parris, …