More than two years into the Coronavirus pandemic, the disease while somewhat abated still remains a threat and many of us are continuing to take tests to determine whether or not we are infected. Fortunately, there are a number of options for getting free test kits. Unfortunately, scammers are contacting people offering “free” test kits, but instead steal personal information, often your Medicare number that can either lead to identity theft or detrimentally affect your Medicare coverage.
The scammers set up phony websites, online ads, television ads as well as call people posing as Medicare employees offering their “free” COVID test kits.
The truth is that Medicare does provide 8 free test kits per month, but no one will contact you from Medicare offering these test kits. You can use this link to get your free kits. https://www.medicare.gov/coverage/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-diagnostic-tests
Even if you are not a Medicare recipient, the federal government is offering free test kits to every household. Here is a link to information about how to order these free kits. https://special.usps.com/testkits
If you are a Medicare recipient, it is important to check your Medicare Summary Notice which provides you with details of all Medicare charges made to your account. If you note unordered services or equipment, you should report it right away.
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