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(LANSING, MICH) Medicare Open Enrollment began on October 15 and the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are warning Michigan seniors to be on the lookout for Medicare scams targeting them and their personal information.
  Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15 to December 7. During this time, scammers posing as Medicare "representatives" may be contacting seniors and trying to trick them into giving Medicare ID numbers or other personal information, such as a Social Security number or date of birth.
  "Medicare Open Enrollment should be a time when Michigan's seniors can find security in enrolling in the coverage that is right for them, but unfortunately there are unscrupulous individuals using it as an opportunity to take advantage of seniors," said DIFS Director Anita Fox. "The most important thing Medicare participants can do to avoid these scams is to refuse to give out personal information to anyone reaching out to them over the phone, online, or at their front doors."
  DIFS and MDHHS have some important tips for protecting seniors during this Open Enrollment:
• Remember that Medicare Agents/Brokers selling Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D plans:
Cannot make unsolicited calls, send unsolicited text messages, or leave voicemail messages,
May not approach you without you giving permission first (e.g. door to door, walking up to cars, and approaching in parks and supermarkets) or market to you door to door, including leaving materials at a doorstep, and
• No agent is permitted to state that they are from Medicare, are approved, endorsed, or authorized by Medicare, call on behalf of Medicare, or say that Medicare or any state or federal agency asked them to call or see you.
• Do not rely on caller ID. Scammers can use technology to make it look like they are calling from a legitimate business or government agency.
• Never give your Medicare number or other personal information to callers or visitors saying they are from Medicare. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will never call or send someone to your home to ask for personal information or check your Medicare number.
• You are always able to get information on Medicare plans without providing an ID number. The only time the Medicare ID number is required is when you are actually enrolling in a plan.
• Ignore anyone who contacts you saying you must join their prescription drug plan, or you will lose your Medicare coverage. There may be a penalty if you delay enrolling in the Medicare prescription drug plan (also known as Part D), but that coverage is voluntary.
• Don't trust mailers that appear to be government communications. Sometimes these are advertisements for private companies that may have a disclaimer buried in small print.
  If you have questions or concerns about your Medicare coverage, DIFS and MDHHS urge you to contact Medicare directly at or by calling 800-633-4227.
  Insurance fraud, including Medicare fraud, results in higher health care costs for participants and taxpayers alike. That is why it's so important to know how to protect your Medicare card and number. If you or a loved one has experienced this type of scam or high-pressure tactic, contact DIFS at or by calling 877-999-6442 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to file a complaint.
  The mission of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services is to ensure access to safe and secure insurance and financial services fundamental for the opportunity, security, and success of Michigan residents, while fostering economic growth and sustainability in both industries. In addition, the Department provides consumer protection, outreach, and financial literacy and education services to Michigan residents. For more information, visit or follow the Department on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

City of Detroit to offer Pfizer COVID-19
vaccines to children ages 5 – 11
    The City of Detroit will begin providing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11 on Monday, November 8, Mayor Mike Duggan announced. Dosing for children ages 5-11 will be one-third that of adults (10 micrograms vs. 30 micrograms), delivered in a two-dose series three weeks apart. An appointment can be made starting today by calling 313-230-0505.
  "We know these vaccines are highly effective and now we have the ability to protect the children in our community from Covid,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “We have set up two vaccination sites specifically for this age group and will partner with schools across the city to provide all Detroiters with equitable access to these life-saving vaccines, especially children who are in school every day.  
  Approval of the vaccine for children of this age group has been highly anticipated for months. Mayor Duggan and Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair Razo made the announcement in the Skylar Herbert Room of Detroit Public Safety Headquarters. The daughter of a Detroit police officer and firefighter, Skylar was five years old when she tragically passed away after contracting Covid in early 2020, before a vaccine had been developed. 
  The Detroit Health Department is offering COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment only to children ages 5-11 at the following locations by calling 313-230-0505:
• The Detroit Health Department Immunization Clinic, 100 Mack Avenue
Hours are Mon- Fri 4 PM - 8PM
Children can get up to date on all their vaccines at this location during one appointment
• Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Road
Hours are M-F 9am-7pm Saturdays 9am-1pm
  The Detroit Health Department also is partnering with DPSCD, private and charter schools to provide future school-based vaccine events, said Fair-Razo.
  “Vaccinating children against COVID-19 will protect their health and allow them to re-engage more safely in activities they have missed out on during this pandemic, and protect their more vulnerable classmates and family members,” said Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair Razo. “We know parents want what is best for their child and it is understandable they may have several questions. I encourage them to have a conversation with their healthcare provider so they can feel comfortable with the decision to get their child vaccinated.”
What Parents/Guardians need to know
  Appointments for children in this age group must be made by a parent or guardian by calling 313-230-0505. The parent or guardian also must accompany the child to their appointment and be prepared to show ID and fill out a standard consent form.
  At the time the first appointment is made, a second appointment also will be scheduled for three weeks later. The parent or guardian must accompany the child to both appointments.
New handling safety protocols
  The Health Department has implemented new protocols to ensure safety of the new children’s dose.
• Pediatric clinicians will be present at both vaccination sites
• Additional time will be allotted for each child’s appointment
• Pediatric doses will be stored separately from adult doses in clearly labeled, color-coded containers
• Staff also will use syringes specifically made for use with children
  The City of Detroit continues to provide all three types of COVID-19 vaccinations (Pfizer and Moderna two-dose series, and J&J single-dose) for Detroiters ages 12+, plus third dose and boosters for eligible Detroiters ages 18+, at 10 walk-in locations across the City, as well as in-home (by appointment). For further information, call 313-230-0505 or schedule an appointment online at Bring vaccination card to appointments.