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Feds Sound Alarm on Coronavirus Scams Aimed at Medicare Enrollees

March 23, 2020, 8:52 PM

Federal officials sounded the alarm about fraud scams that prey on fears Medicare beneficiaries may have about the new coronavirus.

Scammers are offering Covid-19 tests to beneficiaries in exchange for their Medicare information, but the services are unapproved and illegitimate, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General said in a fraud alert.

Enrollees could become victims of identity theft and could also face bills from Medicare or Medicaid for unapproved tests, the alert said.

Patients should turn to a physician or trusted health-care provider to assess their condition and approve any requests for coronavirus testing, it said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Brown in St. Louis at ChrisBrown@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Fawn Johnson at fjohnson@bloomberglaw.com; Peggy Aulino at maulino@bloomberglaw.com

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