Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Des Moines – The Associated Press reported today that federal authorities have broken up a $1.2 billion Medicare scam centered on orthopedic braces.

“Iowans can report suspected Medicare fraud to the Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol, which is a part of the Iowa Insurance Division.  Our staff has been getting a lot of calls in this area so I’m glad to see federal authorities stepping up to help stop these scammers,” Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said.  “Scammers will attempt to use telemarketing, advertising and other means to gain your Medicare information which can then be resold for illegal purposes.  I encourage Iowans to check on the need for any medical equipment with their local physician and never to provide your Medicare information over the phone.”

Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol logoIowans can report suspected Medicare fraud, including receiving unwanted braces, to the Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) at https://iid.iowa.gov/iowa-smp-fraud-reporting-form or by calling 800-351-4664.  More information regarding current scams can be found at http://smp.iowa.gov.

To report other non-Medicare related insurance fraud, Iowans can contact the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau through the National Association of Insurance Commissioner's (NAIC) online fraud reporting system (OFRS) or 515-242-5304.