Wednesday, May 23, 2018
As we all know, CMS has been rolling out the new Medicare cards without SSN on them. AARP Research conducted a survey about the new cards, and the results are quite interesting. 2018 AARP Survey: Experience and Knowledge of Medicare Card Scams explains:
n March 2018, AARP engaged Alan Newman Research to conduct a national research study among U.S. adults ages 65 and older about their experience and knowledge around the new Medicare cards being issued in April 2018 and potential vulnerability to scams related to the new card and benefits.
Key findings include the following:
Most (76%) U.S. adults ages 65 and older indicate they have not seen, read, or heard much or anything at all about the new Medicare cards (or are not sure).
Three in four (75%) Medicare beneficiaries are not sure or are incorrect about the key change with the new cards being new identification number.
Nearly two-thirds (63%) of Medicare beneficiaries are unsure or are incorrect in believing that Medicare will charge new beneficiaries a $25 processing fee for the new card.
Over half (56%) are not sure or are wrong in thinking that Medicare will call them to verify their Social Security number before they can receive their new card.
At least one in three are extremely/very concerned about being a target of Medicare scam (33%) or victim of identity theft (40%).
A pdf of the survey results is available here.