Mo. Attorney General: Beware of medicaid fraud and COVID-19

As millions of American remain focused on their health and limiting contact with others during...
As millions of American remain focused on their health and limiting contact with others during the coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. Postal Inspectors warn that scammers have identified the public’s concern as a target for scams and fraud.(NBC12)
Published: Apr. 17, 2020 at 12:42 PM CDT
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KFVS) - The Missouri Attorney General is asking Medicaid recipients to be suspicious of unexpected callers or visitors who offer COVID-19 assessments, tests or supplies.

He said some people are using COVID-19 to lure Medicaid recipients into telling them personal details such as their date of birth, social security number and their Medicaid number. Those scammers then use this information to fraudulently bill Medicaid for services that the Medicaid recipient will not receive, are illegitimate or medically unnecessary.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is uring Medicaid recipients to follow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidance:

  • Recipients should be cautious of unsolicited requests for their personal information, including their Medicaid number.
  • Recipients should be suspicious of any unexpected calls or visitors offering COVID-19 tests or supplies.
  • Recipients should ignore social media sites offering or advertising COVID-19 testing or treatments.
  • Only a physician you know or other trusted healthcare provider should assess your condition and approve any requests for COVID-19 testing.

If you suspect COVID-19 fraud, contact the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 800-286-3932.

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