by Camalot Todd, Nevada Current
Scammers are targeting Nevadans who need to reapply for Medicaid or transition to other insurance, state officials warned Monday.
The scams are similar to those happening across the nation.
An estimated 200,000 Nevadans will need to re-qualify for Medicaid or lose coverage, because pandemic rules mandating states provide continuous coverage ended on March 31, 2023. Eligibility reviews started on April 1 and continue for the next 14 months.
State officials warned that as people “are trying to reapply or shop for insurance, text, email, and phone scams are offering fraudulent services that ask for payment to renew.”
Nevada Medicaid reminds people to never share their bank or credit card information with anyone that claims to be from Nevada Medicaid or the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services and that Nevada Medicaid representatives will never ask for money to continue to be covered by Nevada Medicaid.
“Medicaid renewals have restarted in Nevada, and we may be reaching out to remind you to complete and return any necessary paperwork to maintain your health care coverage,” said Nevada Medicaid Administrator Stacie Weeks in a press release.
But “Nevada Medicaid will never charge you or ask you for money to update your information or to renew your coverage,” Weeks said.
Those who don’t have their current address on file will not receive a renewal packet and can lose their Medicaid even if they still qualify. To update addresses, visit with Update My Address website, at a DWSS Office or call (702) 486-1646 or (775) 684-7200.
Nevadans can check their renewal status through AccessNevada, phone (800) 992-0900, or email Welfare@dwss.nv.gov.
People who need to transition from Medicaid to other health insurance can shop at Nevada Health Link.
To report a scam to the Attorney General’s Office, report the incident here or by calling the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s hotline at (888) 434-9989.
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