Be alert that scam artists may be offering bogus drug discount cards or attempt to obtain consumers' personal information to steal their identity. Only companies approved by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services may offer the Medicare discount cards to the public.
An important letter to Seniors from the Attorney General
In December, 2003, Congress passed the Medicare Reform Act which authorized a voluntary program to provide discounts to Medicare beneficiaries on their prescription drugs. To participate in the program, Medicare beneficiaries must purchase a prescription drug discount card from companies approved by the Medicare program. Only companies approved by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services may offer the Medicare discount cards to the public. My office is helping to distribute information concerning this new program to better assist you in making your choice, and to make you aware that there may be bogus companies who will use this new program as an opportunity to try to take advantage of you.
This new program is complex. The attached information should help answer most of the questions you have. If you need additional information, you should contact Kentucky State Health Insurance and Information Program (SHIP) at 1-877-293-7447. Before purchasing a discount card, I strongly encourage you to review all approved plans and understand the benefits of each discount card so you can select the best plan for your individual needs.
All Medicare recipients and their families should be on the alert for offers that appear to be suspicious, and I urge you to deal only with Medicare approved companies when enrolling in this new drug prescription program. Beware of companies calling you asking for your Medicare number. Never give out your personal information to an unsolicited telemarketer. Any legitimate company will be willing to mail you information for you to review so you can decide whether to do business with them. Companies who pressure you to provide personal information may also be trying to obtain this information in order to steal your identity.
If you suspect that you have been contacted by a bogus company, call the Consumer Protection Division of my office at 502-696-5389 or 1-888-432-9257 to report it. You may also visit our website at ag.ky.gov
I hope this information is helpful. The Medicare Prescription Discount Card program may provide seniors with helpful discounts on prescription drugs. But remember, be a smart shopper, read the fine print, and report suspicious activity to the Attorney General’s Office.