New Medi­care cards are be­ing is­sued

Oklahoma’s 675,000 res­i­dents on Medi­care will get new, more se­cure cards start­ing this month. The card will have a new Medi­care num­ber that’s unique to each per­son in­stead of the per­son’s So­cial Se­cu­rity Num­ber.

“The change to a new Medi­care num­ber will help pro­tect cit­i­zens from iden­tity theft and fraud,” Oklahoma In­sur­ance Com­mis­sioner John D. Doak said. “But with these new se­cu­rity mea­sures comes an op­por­tu­nity for scam­mers to take ad­van­tage

of un­sus­pect­ing Medi­care re­cip­i­ents. We want every­one to be aware.”

The Cen­ters for Medi­care & Med­i­caid Ser­vices has al­ready spot­ted sev­eral scams in­volv­ing the new cards. Medi­care ben­e­fi­cia­ries should know the fol­low­ing:

• Do not pay for a new Medi­care card. They are free.

• Never give your So­cial Se­cu­rity num­ber, bank ac­count num­ber or cash to any­one who says it’s needed in or­der to re­ceive the new Medi­care card. Medi­care re­cip­i­ents do not need to do any­thing to get a new card. They are au­to­mat­i­cally mailed out.

• Do not give your Medi­care num­ber to peo­ple you

don’t know.

• De­stroy your old Medi­care card. Once you get your new Medi­care card, de­stroy your old Medi­care card and start us­ing your new one right away. Don’t just throw the old card away — shred it or cut it into small pieces.

If you have ques­tions or need help with your new card, call the Oklahoma In­sur­ance Depart­ment’s Medi­care As­sis­tance Pro­gram at 800-763-2828.

OKC-based Can­dor wins na­tional honor

Oklahoma City-based Can­dor re­ceived a na­tional Pub­lic Re­la­tions So­ci­ety of Amer­ica Sil­ver Anvil Award of Ex­cel­lence for its work on the Oklahoma City Fra­ter­nal Or­der of Po­lice “Pro­tect OKC” cam­paign.

The pub­lic af­fairs cam­paign helped pass a quar­ter-cent sales tax for pub­lic safety in Oklahoma City in 2017. The vote se­cured fund­ing for 129 new po­lice of­fi­cer po­si­tions.

“Help­ing in­crease pub­lic safety in Oklahoma City was a proud mo­ment for our firm,” said Can­dor Pres­i­dent and CEO Karen Wicker.

Can­dor also re­ceived a Bronze Anvil Award of Com­men­da­tion for pro­duc­tion of a Busi­ness to Busi­ness we­b­cast se­ries.

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