In this day and age, the privacy of your personal information is more important than ever. And because older adults are popular targets for scammers, many Medicare beneficiaries may be wondering if Medicare is sharing or somehow compromising their private health information.
Medicare is required by law to protect the privacy of your personal health and medical information. Below is a look at some of the instances in which Medicare may use or disclose your information and how.
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Medicare is required to share your information with the following parties, when requested:
Your information may be used for the following actions:
Medicare is allowed to share your personal information under the following circumstances:
As a Medicare beneficiary, you are protected by certain rights concerning your private information.
Your Medicare rights include:
For more information about Medicare’s use of your private information, you may call 1-800-MEDICARE and speak to a customer service representative.
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Christian Worstell is a licensed insurance agent and a Senior Staff Writer for MedicareAdvantage.com. He is passionate about helping people navigate the complexities of Medicare and understand their coverage options.
His work has been featured in outlets such as Vox, MSN, and The Washington Post, and he is a frequent contributor to health care and finance blogs.
Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He currently lives in Raleigh, NC.
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