Important Changes to Medicare Cards and Tips to Avoid Common Scams

The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch would like to inform you of important changes to Medicare Cards and tips to avoid common scams.

The Houston Better Business Bureau Education Foundation has advised us that Medicare is removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare Cards.

Here are some key points they’d like to share with seniors now, to help avoid problems in the future:

  • The new number will be an 11 digit number that is a mix of numbers and letters assigned to only you.
  • The cards are scheduled to be sent out from April 2018 to April 2019.
  • You don’t have to do anything to get your new card. Your new card will come in the mail. If someone calls to “confirm your identity, or your Medicare number,” or to have you pay money to get yours early, it’s a scam so hang up.
  • You have the same benefits. You can start using your new card immediately.
  • The card is free. No one should tell you there is a one-time fee or that you will lose benefits if you don’t pay a fee or answer their questions.
  • Never give your information to someone who calls you on the phone or comes to your door!
  • Medicare fraud, errors or abuse may be reported to the Texas Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-888-341-6187.

 

For more information on how to avoid common scams, read the “Important Changes to Medicare Cards and Tips to Avoid Common Scams” article in the December issue of The Woodlands Community Magazine (page 24).

 

Thank you from The Woodlands Fire Department!

A message from Fire Chief Alan Benson:

Our community recently faced a very challenging event, Hurricane Harvey, that brought out the true spirit of those who live and work in The Woodlands. The Woodlands Fire Department witnessed so many acts of volunteerism that goes unsurpassed, and the outpouring from different businesses providing whatever was needed to First Responders. On behalf of The Woodlands Fire Department we would like to recognize those who helped by simply saying Thank You for your assistance and support. Continue reading

Thank You!

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The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch would like to thank our generous National Night Out sponsors for showing their commitment to making our community safer.

With their generous support, the Neighborhood Watch was able to offer many events, contests and prizes to strengthen our police community partnership.

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National Night Out a Success

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The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch would like to thank all of the community members and public safety personnel who helped take a stand against crime in our community by gathering for National Night Out in The Woodlands this year!

Reminder to all party coordinators, if you haven’t turned in your final party attendance numbers please do so now. You can email them to your Program Specialist or kpternitis@thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov.