Warning Issued for Seniors

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Mississippi officials are warning people to be aware of a potential scam involving Medicare prescription drug cards and Medicare Part C, known as Medicare Advantage.

The state insurance department said it is investigating numerous complaints involving a company going door-to-door in an attempt to convince Medicare recipients to switch their traditional Medicare coverage, Parts A & B, for coverage under a Part C plan.

Medicare Part C allows qualified insurance carriers to pick up coverage for the customer and Medicare in turn pays the carrier a premium.

Insurance Commissioner George Dale said it was one thing for a recipient to be unhappy with their plan and want to make a change, but in some cases people were told their current coverage was about to expire and need to switch.

Officials advised residents not to buy insurance coverage from someone who shows up uninvited.