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The BBB says consumers should note there is no card given out by the government under the Affordable Care Act. Medicare cards are not affected by the law.
If a senior falls victim to the Medicare scam, Attorney General Lori Swanson’s office advises contacting all three major credit bureaus and placing a fraud alert on your credit report. Consumers also should monitor financial accounts for suspicious activity. Anyone who has received a Medicare scam call should report it to the Social Security Administration and Medicare, according to Swanson’s office.
M. Kathleen Amble, 74, of St. Paul, also got the Medicare scam call, but the caller hung up when she started asking questions. Still, Amble wants more publicity about the potential for fraud during the scramble to set up the health exchange.
“I’m very supportive of the new health care law, but I’m disappointed that they launched the exchange in September when people need to start buying insurance in October,” she said. “There hasn’t been enough information out there about the potential scams. There has to be a way for them to look ahead and warn people.”
Alejandra Matos • 612-673-4028 Twitter: @amatos12