You can never be too cautious about your personal health information. Learn about Medicare policies concerning your information, including when it may be shared and with whom.
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.
There are certain people who have a right to obtain your information
Medicare is required to share your information with the following parties, when requested:
Someone who was designated by you or who has acquired the legal right to act on your behalf
The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), if and when necessary
Anyone for whom the law requires
Medicare has the right to use and provide your information to operate and pay for your care
Your information may be used for the following actions:
Pay or deny claims
Share your benefit payments with other insurers you may have
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