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Fraud Prevention – Tip Of the Month

Monthly Fraud Prevention Facts

June 2017

Did You Receive a Letter from Social Security?
Here’s What You Need to Know

You open your mail and find a letter saying you may be able to get help paying for the costs of Medicare. It appears to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) …but is it for real?  Or is this letter a scam?

Every year in May and June, SSA sends letters to people with Medicare who may be eligible for two money-saving programs that can help them afford their prescriptions and health care costs. 

What are these money-saving programs?

  • The Medicare Part D Extra Help program (also known as the Part D Low Income Subsidy, or LIS) helps pay your Part D drug plan premium and saves you money on medications at the pharmacy. If you qualify for Extra Help, you will pay no more than $8.25 for your prescriptions for each drug your plan covers.
  • The Medicare Savings Program (MSP) pays your Part B premium each month. It also may help pay for other costs in Medicare, such as your Part B deductible and co-pays at the doctor’s office.

Getting this letter does not mean you automatically qualify for these programs. You still need to fill out an application for each program.  To get in-person help with an Extra Help/MSP application,

contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) at (800) 856-4398.  SHIPs are federally funded to provide free, objective assistance to people with Medicare and their families.

How do I know if other letters I receive are a scam?

Scammers are known to pose as agents of the federal government. If you receive a letter from Social Security and are not sure if it is real or not, call the Wyoming Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) at (800) 856-4398. They will help verify its validity.

Report Suspected Fraud

To report suspected fraud, call the Wyoming Senior Medicare Patrol at 1 (800) 856-4398, send an email to smpmgr@wyoming.com, or stop by your Wyoming Senior Citizens, Inc. office in Riverton, Casper, or Cheyenne.  Addresses are listed on our website at http://www.wyomingseniors.com/wsci-locations-contact-information.

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