Let's all look out for our senior citizens! Whether you are over 65 or simply know someone who is, make sure they know... Beginning in April 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will start mailing Medicare ID cards with the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). Cards will be sent to all people with Medicare in phases based on geographic location. CMS is removing Social Security Numbers from all Medicare cards in an effort to reduce identity fraud among seniors. The MBI will replace the SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN). The new Medicare Beneficiary Number is unique to each person, and it will only be used for his/her Medicare coverage. This will not have any effect on actual Medicare coverage. The process will begin in April of 2018 and mailing everyone a new card will take up to a year to complete. One person's cards may arrive at a different time than their friend's or neighbor's, so no one should be alarmed if they don't receive theirs immediately. Safeguard against SCAMS! It's important to know Medicare will never ask beneficiaries for personal or private information to get their new Medicare number and card. Scammers may call seniors and:Falsely claim to be from Medicare to get their Medicare number or other personal information.Ask them to confirm their Medicare or SSN so they can send them a new card.Tell them that they have to pay for their new card and ask them to verify personal information.Threaten to cancel their coverage if they don't share their information.If someone calls a you or your loved one and asks for a Medicare number or other personal information, advise them to hang up and call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). For more information please visitwww.medicare.gov/fraud. Know someone turning 65? Make sure they know there is no cost to get help in determining the suitable Medicare path and how to get started! Julie Chastain Call me for any Medicare-related questions any time! 770-726-7302
Lori Wallace serves metro-Atlanta.
She has over thirty years experience as a Baby Nurse, Nanny and Child Care Provider. Lori have Postpartum Doula and Lactation Experience and Training, Certified in CPR and First Aid. She cares for Single Births, Preemies, Multiples, and Infants with Special Needs (ex. babies on heart monitors). She specializes in caring for twins. She is available to work 24 hour shifts, 12 hour shifts (depending on the client’s geographical location). She can also work on call and is available to travel to and with families (even abroad) as needed. Her experience with children includes having taught for ten years: grades K-12 for the DeKalb County School System of Georgia and one year for the City of Atlanta, Georgia. She speaks French and some Spanish. She can communicate in Sign Language.