Alert – New Medicare Cards. New Scams.

New Medicare Cards. New Scams.

Seniors beware.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) began sending new cards to Medicare recipients in April. That’s when telephone phishing scams and social media scams started being reported.

  • SCAM: People claiming to be from the Social Security Administration or CMS want your information “to make sure you have the right card”.
  • SCAM: You are asked for money to obtain a “temporary card” until you get your new one from CMS.
  • SCAM: You are told your Medicare benefits will be cancelled if you don’t cooperate.

CMS says Medicare will never call you uninvited. They will not ask you for personal information over the phone. They will not ask you for money.

If someone asks you for your information or for money or threatens to cancel your health insurance benefits, HANG UP!

Report the call to CMS by called 1-800-MEDICARE (633-4227).


Health Insurance and Required Federal Tax Reporting

The Affordable Care Act requires almost all US citizens and legal residents 26 – 65 years old and their dependents to have ACA compliant health insurance.

You are required to let the government know if you did or did not comply with the law when you file your federal tax return for 2016.

If you had health care coverage through your employer, Medicaid or Medicare
You may simply need to check a box on your federal tax return.

If you had health coverage ON Exchange (through the Marketplace or healthcare.gov)
The Marketplace will send you a 1095-A form to send in with your federal tax return. You can also find a copy by logging into your Marketplace account at healthcare.gov if you have one.

If you had health coverage OFF Exchange (through an agent or the health insurance provider)
The health insurance company is sending your 1095-B form to arrive by March 2, 2017. If you haven’t received your form my March2, 2017, call the number on the back of your health insurance card.

If you didn’t have Affordable Care Act compliant health insurance for yourself and your dependents
You will provide this information on your federal tax return.You may qualify for an exemption. You may need to pay a fee.

Blue Cross offers answers to Frequently Answered Questions: Click Here to view.


Blue Cross Blue Precision HMO Hospitals 2017

Blue Cross is in the process of expanding your options under the Blue Precision HMO health insurance plan. In addition to the existing providers on this list, approximately 100 Northshore Medical Group (Northshore University Heath System) primary care physicians will participate in 2017.

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Blue Cross 2017 Plan Comparison Charts

Blue Cross 2017 Plan Comparison Charts

One plan is offered only OFF Exchange – the Platinum Blue Precision HMO 104. The Multi-State plans are offered only ON Exchange.

All others are offered both ON and OFF Exchange.

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