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 senior Medicare and health insurance writer with MedicareAdvantage.com. He is also a licensed health insurance agent. Christian is well-known in the insurance industry for the thousands of educational articles he’s written, helping Americans better understand their health insurance and Medicare coverage.
Christian’s work as a Medicare expert has appeared in several top-tier and trade news outlets including Forbes, MarketWatch, WebMD and Yahoo! Finance.
Christian has written hundreds of articles for MedicareAvantage.com that teach Medicare beneficiaries the best practices for navigating Medicare. His articles are read by thousands of older Americans each month. By better understanding their health care coverage, readers may hopefully learn how to limit their out-of-pocket Medicare spending and access quality medical care.
Christian’s passion for his role stems from his desire to make a difference in the senior community. He strongly believes that the more beneficiaries know about their Medicare coverage, the better their overall health and wellness is as a result.
A current resident of Raleigh, Christian is a graduate of Shippensburg University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
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