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SCAM ALERT: Durable Medical Equipment local fraud on the rise

The Tumwater SHIBA office received 13 fraud-related complaints during the last two weeks regarding Medicare DME suppliers out of Florida. The scammers are cold calling Medicare beneficiaries in our state telling them they’re from Medicare and offering knee or back braces at no cost to them as Medicare will pay in full for the DME equipment. Unfortunately, with the complaints we’ve …

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2019 PEBB Health Insurance Rates

2019 PEBB Health Insurance Rates for Retirees The Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) met on Wednesday, July 25 and voted to approved the 2019 health insurance rates for retirees who receive their health insurance through PEBB as indicated below.

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New Medicare card scams hit nationwide

From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner Medicare started mailing new cards to beneficiaries in April and will finish mailing them nationwide in a year. In Washington state, beneficiaries will start receiving their replacement cards this July. The cards have a new look but, most importantly, they have unique numbers to replace the Social Security numbers previously used on the cards. Medicare …

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HCA announces administrator for Uniform Medical Plan starting in 2020

OLYMPIA – The Health Care Authority (HCA) today announced a new contract to provide enhanced services to the nearly 200,000 public employees enrolled in Uniform Medical Plan (UMP). UMP is the state’s self-funded medical option for eligible members enrolled in the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program. After a two-year competitive process, HCA selected Regence BlueShield as the third-party administrator to serve UMP members …

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