October 21, 2019
Genetic Testing Scams featured on
CBS 2 Chicago
Illinois Senior Medicare Patrol Coordinator Travis Trumitch was featured on CBS 2 Chicago and MSN.com discussing the ongoing genetic testing scam that is sweeping not only across Illinois but also America.

This report showcases the stories of beneficiaries in Illinois whose Medicare accounts were billed for genetic testing they did not need. Please watch the video above to hear the whole story from Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter Pam Zekman.

You can read the whole story from CBS 2 Chicago here as well.

If you've received genetic testing paid for by Medicare at a fair or presentation or notice something suspicious on your MSN, please contact the Illinois Senior Medicare Patrol at AgeOptions at (800)699-9043.
Be Alert! Medicare Does Not
Give Out DNA Kits
Scammers are getting creative once again. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), scammers from call centers are calling beneficiaries posing as Medicare and asking people for their Medicare numbers, Social Security numbers, and other personal information and offering them a DNA testing kit.The scammers will tell the beneficiary that the test is a free way to get early diagnoses for certain diseases like cancer.

Medicare does not solicit any beneficiaries. The only time you should get a genetic test paid for by Medicare is when it is prescribed by your doctor.

Always work with your doctor. If you need genetic testing, your doctor can order it for you and talk about the results with you. If you've received genetic testing paid for by Medicare at a fair or presentation or notice something suspicious on your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN), please contact the Illinois Senior Medicare Patrol at AgeOptions at (800)699-9043.

You can read the whole article from the FTC here.
Have a wonderful week!

Travis Trumitch
travis.trumitch@ageoptions.org
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This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MPPG0036, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.
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