Medigap Insurance and Medicare Enrollees To Receive New Cards

Avenue Insurance Planners offers good news and a bit of cautionary advice for Medicare recipients. New cards are scheduled to be distributed beginning April 2018.

Avenue Insurance Planners and Brian Gruss are pleased to announce that Medicare recipients will be receiving new and more technologically savvy Medicare cards, Distribution will begin in April 2018 and is expected to be completed by April 2019. There are several enhancements to the new cards which are designed to add safety and protection to the cards used by Medicare recipients. At the same time, there are a couple of scams which are already associated with the new cards.

The new cards will not show the Social Security number as the current cards do. This has been a severe national problem for Medicare enrollees who have had their card compromised by identity thieves. The new cards will have an encrypted 11 digit number, which even the holder will not be able to "unencrypt." These are positive changes which will improve the safety and security of the cardholders.

Scammers have already found two relatively new approaches to compromise the security of the cards. Identify thieves call Medicare recipients, and tell them that the new cards are coming out, but there is a cost of $30 to $50 to obtain the cards. This is a false statement, as there is no charge for the replacement card. Further, CMS/Medicare only uses the U.S. Postal Service to communicate with recipients. The second technique is for the thief to say that they have a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plan available, but then request personal Medicare information so that the new plan can be utilized. This is also bogus.

Avenue Insurance Planners specializes in the Medicare Supplement and Medigap Insurance market. The other specialty held by Brian Gruss is placing hard-to-find life insurance for burial expenses. He can answer complex questions about Medicare and its associated plans. Seniors who are pleased with the response are happy to refer friends and family members to the agency.

Contact Info:
Name: Brian Gruss
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Organization: Avenue Insurance Planners
Address: 23403 E Mission #103, Liberty Lake WA 99019
Phone: 509-927-9200

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