Saturday, June 27, 2009

Private groups offer Medicare booklets; how did they get our info?

A private group in Oklahoma has been sending out business-reply-mail postcards to request a “2009 Medicare Update”. The card mentions several areas (1) in-home and long-term care prevention (2) Medicare supplement (3) Prescription drug plan (4) Seniors final expense and estate planning.

It looks as though the last item is what they are going after business in. I’ll probably send in the card, but it does seem that private marketing companies are getting personal information (including residence) from Medicare or Social Security, despite HIPAA and all the privacy rules.

The post card starts out by saying “the President has announced the guidelines for Medicare reform.”

The best FAQ page from Medicare itself on 2009 is here. Read what it says about screening tests, like colonoscopy.

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