Dealing With Health Care Scams During COVID-19

This is the 4th in a series of articles posted curtesy of Sunrise MarketPlace and Marketplace at Birdcage to better educate our community on Scams that have increased during Covid-19. This series is meant to help you identify the different kinds of scams, so you do not fall victim to any of them.

Scammers will try to capitalize on fear and uncertainty, and in a pandemic, there is an influx of uncertainty regarding health, treatment, and protocol. You should be wary of any unproven prevention, cures, or treatments for COVID-19, as they are all nuanced. Additionally, scammers will sell fake COVID-19 test kits and unapproved treatments to gain personal data.

According to the FTC, many of these fake treatments include:

• Intravenous (IV) Vitamin C and D infusions.

Stem cell therapy.

Immunity boosting shots.

CBD treatments.

However, there is no evidence that these treatments work against the coronavirus. The FTC has tried to send letters to businesses and individuals, however, it is important to know the warning signs and do the research yourself.

How to Spot

Remember that healthcare fraud is a felony, and can endanger your access to health insurance. There are some ways to know for sure if you have been a victim of healthcare fraud:

Incorrect information on your Explanation of Benefits.

• A lost insurance card or using an expired card.

Calls asking for your Medicare number or other insurance number.

Free services from health care providers.

How to Report

If you think you are the victim of healthcare fraud, take these steps immediately:

Call your insurance company immediately.

Contact the State Insurance Fraud Bureau.

File a complaint with your state’s medical board.

We hope that you found this latest article helpful and encourage you to read the entire series as each new article is published on the Marketplace at Birdcage website, under “News.” The next upcoming topic will be regarding “Government Impersonation Scams.”

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