Monday, March 4, 2024

SHIBA NewsFlash 2-23-2021

CMS survey is not a scam

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) conducts an ongoing Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS). CMS contracts with NORC at the University of Chicago, a respected social science research organization, to conduct the MCBS survey. So in the coming weeks if you’re contacted by mail to complete the survey, please know that this survey is not a scam.

A professional interviewer will contact selected beneficiaries to complete the survey. If you’re chosen to participate, to help you confirm the validity of the study and interviewer, you can:

If you need help, contact the NORC Respondent Care Center at 1-866-856-6672 or email them at

Save the date: Welcome to Medicare event

Your invited to participate in an April 7 free online event where you’ll learn about signing up for Medicare! Registration for the event opens later this week.

This virtual Medicare fair is for people new to Medicare. Learn about Medicare – and all its parts – to help you with initial enrollment decisions.

Get trusted, unbiased Medicare education to help you make Medicare choices that best meet your needs.

Presenters will include national experts on Medicare eligibility, enrollment and coverage options. There will also be experts from your Washington state SHIBA program to answer your individual questions. Stay tuned for more information!

In the meantime, if you have questions, contact

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