Tired of receiving junk mail from Medicare? You’re not the only one. Many customers come to us asking what they can do to stop Medicare junk mail.
While some Medicare solicitation is important, marketers and scammers alike often try to capitalize on this vital service.
Here are some simple actions you can take to stop Medicare junk mail.
How to unsubscribe from Medicare’s mailing list
Medicare mail from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) includes enrollment information, billing details, and new Medicare cards.
You might also receive marketing information from third parties, like brokers or insurers, working within Medicare. There are over 100,000 brokers for Medicare Advantage and other services.
Official mail will always be recognizable by the logos on the envelopes. It’s illegal for marketers to use these logos as a form of endorsement.
- If you haven’t already, create a Medicare online account. From here, you can amend subscription preferences and make billing documents electronic.
- You can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to talk to an agent directly about options to remove yourself from Medicare’s mailing list.
- Any marketing information you receive electronically from Medicare-related parties must provide their own opt-out solution. This will appear as a link at the bottom of the email.
- To further limit third-party marketing, register with DMAchoice. The service costs $2 for ten years of coverage. You select the type of mail you don’t want to receive.
When the mailing list opt out takes effect
Medicare doesn’t explicitly state a time frame for amending subscription services. DMAchoice tells customers to wait at least 90 days for an opt out to take effect before taking further action.
If you keep receiving junk mail from Medicare
The CMS has strict rules for how third parties can approach its customers. If you are still receiving junk mail from Medicare after 90 days, it’s probably coming from a third party.
First of all, if there’s a return address on the junk mail, try sending it back. Write “Refused: Return To Sender” on the front and put it in the mail.
If that doesn’t work, make a formal complaint to Medicare about the junk mail. You can call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to speak to a representative.
How to stay off Medicare’s mailing list
Whenever you deal with Medicare or related third parties any time in the future, make sure you never consent to receive marketing material.
The problem is, however, this won’t be enough to stop junk mail in its tracks. That’s because many insurers and third parties working with Medicare use data brokers.
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