Resources

Medicare Resources:

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - http://cms.hhs.gov
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website provides information for professionals and healthcare providers on Medicare related topics.

Medicare Consumer Information - http://www.medicare.gov
Compare Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans and find information about Medicare and what is covered.

My Medicare - http://www.MyMedicare.gov
Access your Medicare account information, view recent claims, order a Medicare Summary Notice, or other information about your Medicare coverage.

Social Security Administration - http://www.socialsecurity.gov
The official website of the social security administration, you can request a replacement social security card, apply for benefits, check your application status and much more.


Fraud and Protection Resources:

National Senior Medicare Patrol Technical Resource Center - www.smpresource.org
The National Consumer Protection and Technical Resource Center provides services to health care consumers and SMP programs. The website has a SMP locator and information on consumer protection and health care fraud.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) - www.Ftc.gov
The FTC protects consumers’ rights through policy, research, hearings, workshops, and conferences. The FTC creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses.

FTC Do Not Call List - http://donotcall.gov
The National Do Not Call Registry prevents most telemarketers from contacting you without your permission, once you have been listed in the registry for 31 days. To put your phone number on the Do Not Call List, call 1-888-382-1222 (TTY 1-866-290-4236). You MUST call from the phone number that you want to put on the list! To report violations of the Do Not Call List, contact the phone number above or use the complaint form at the Do Not Call website.

FTC materials on Telephone Fraud - www.ftc.gov/phonefraud
The Federal Trade Commission's website contains information on common phone scams, a video on phone fraud entitled "Who's Calling," and links to report phone fraud and register for the Do Not Call Registry. Report phone scams to the FTC using their online complaint form: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/.

United States Postal Inspection Service - https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/
The United States Postal Inspection Service investigates mail fraud, including sweepstakes scams, mail theft, and mail-related identity theft. Their website provides information on these scams and a variety of other mail fraud issues. You can also file a mail fraud report on the USPIS website: https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/forms/MailFraudComplaint.aspx

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) - www.ic3.gov
Here, you can file a complaint about internet crime, including fraud. The IC3 website also has information about some of the most prevalent types of internet fraud: www.ic3.gov/crimeschemes.aspx, and tips on how to avoid internet fraud: www.ic3.gov/preventiontips.aspx


Other Resources:

Benefits Check Up - www.benefitscheckup.org
This website offers a survey that will evaluate your eligibility for national, state, and local benefits programs. After you answer the survey questions, you can see a list of programs that you may qualify for (healthcare, financial assistance, housing, meals, home assistance, etc.). You can also apply for the Extra Help Program to get help paying for your Part D prescription drugs.

AARP - www.aarp.org
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives.

Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA) - www.kipda.org
KIPDA provides regional planning, review and technical services in the areas of public administration, social services and transportation as well as community ridesharing programs. KIPDA also coordinates services for persons 60 years of age and over.

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) - http://chfs.ky.gov/dail/ship.htm
Provides information, counseling and assistance to seniors and disabled individuals, their family members and caregivers at no charge by local, well-trained counselors. Assistance educates the general public and Medicare beneficiaries so they can make better healthcare decisions.

Better Business Bureau - http://louisville.bbb.org/consumers/
Check out businesses or offers you’ve received to see if they are trustworthy.