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Protect yourself from medical identity theft

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Of course, you cannot prevent data breaches, but you can do what it takes to protect yourself from medical identity theft.

AARP recommends…

  • Asking your insurers, once a year, for a list of benefits paid out in your name so you can make sure everything is correct.
  • Look closely at your credit report for medical items. Contact the major credit reporting firms [Experian, Equifax, TransUnion] and your insurer if anything is false.
  • Treat your insurance card as you would a credit card. If your wallet is stolen, contact your insurance provider.
  • Ask your doctor to make copies of everything in your file so you have a paper trail. You may have to pay, but it is worth it.
  • Avoid health fairs or storefronts that are not familiar to you and offer free screenings that ask for your insurance information.

 

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