It’s important to make decisions about your finances, health, privacy and more. In National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), nonprofit and government agencies can help you protect yourself and prevent fraud by taking advantage of your rights and making better, more informed decisions.

In this post you will find some things you can do to prevent fraud and become an informed Medicare costumer:

Know your rights: With Medicare, you have certain rights and protections to help protect you and make sure you get the health care services the law dictaminates you should get.

Protect your identity: Identity theft when someone uses your personal information without your consent to commit fraud or other crimes.

Keep your information such as your Social Security number, bank account numbers and Medicare number safe. Learn more about how to protect yourself from identity theft.

Help fight Medicare fraud: Medicare fraud takes money from the Medicare program each year, which means higher health care costs for you. Learn how to report Medicare fraud.

Join the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP): The SMP educates and empowers people with Medicare to take an active role in detecting and preventing health care fraud and abuse.

Make informed Medicare decisions: Each year during the fall open enrollment period (October 15-December 7), review your plan to make sure it meets your needs for the coming year. If you are not satisfied with your current plan, you can change during the Open Enrollment Period using the Medicare Plan Finder.

You can also visit the Federal Trade Commission’s NCPW page to learn more about the campaign, and find out which agencies and organizations can help you.

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