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Equipment and Supplies Marketing Scams

Insurance Marketing Scams

Guidelines are in place to limit the ability of providers and suppliers to market equipment and supplies directly to beneficiaries.  These marketing guidelines prohibit unsolicited direct contact with beneficiaries.  Marketing of Medicare-covered items can only take place under one or more of the following three circumstances:

  • The beneficiary has given written permission to be contacted
  • The supplier is contacting the beneficiary about an item already provided
  • The supplier has furnished one Medicare-covered item with the previous 15 months

Contact the Iowa SMP if you have been approached or contacted by anyone you suspect to be a scammer at
1-800-351-4664 (TTY 1-800-735-2942).