Medical identity theft happens when someone steals your personal or health insurance information. They use it to get medical care, prescriptions, insurance payouts, even surgery. It’s a lot like regular identify theft. It can damage your credit rating. Cost you money and take time to clear up. Even hurt your chances to get some jobs. And it's happening more and more in the United States.
Be careful with your member ID card.
It could be used to get medical services or drugs. And these will be on your medical record permanently. If your card is missing, lost or stolen, notify Aetna Member Services right away.
Keep personal information personal.
Don’t give out your insurance ID, Social Security or driver’s license numbers on the phone or by mail to just anyone. Make sure you initiated the contact. And make sure there is a valid reason for giving out the number.
Be on guard even if someone claims to be from Aetna.
We avoid asking for your Social Security number. However, there are times we need it. For example, if you:
Make sure “free” is free.
If you visit a free clinic, make sure it’s free. Don’t show your ID card for any reason.
Review health care information.
Take time to read mailed Explanation of Benefits (EOB) statements or online claims. Even if they are marked, “This is not a bill." Look for:
Check your credit report.
Identity thieves can run up medical costs in your name. The bills can be mailed to another address. You won’t know unless you check your report. Or you get a call from a collection agency.
Find out how you can get a credit report for free.
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