Fraud Alert – Medicare or Medicaid

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Know anyone on Medicare or Medicaid? POTENTIAL FRAUD ALERTS! New Cards being sent. More details here below:

On April 1, 2018 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began a yearlong project to replace all current Medicare cards. The replacement cards are being automatically mailed to beneficiary’s home addresses and will replace the social security number with a new alphanumeric Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). Contact the Social Security office at 1-800-772-1213 if you need to correct your home address.

We have already received reports that scammers have called some Medicare recipients claiming they need to collect a fee before a new card will be sent. Protect yourself by learning about the program and refusing to give out any personal information over the phone if someone calls you. There is no charge for the new card.

Every new MBI will be eleven characters long and contain letters in specific positions and numbers in other positions in order to quickly identify fake or counterfeit cards. Please note that the letters S, L, O, I, B or Z will never be used. If you receive a card with any of these letters you should contact Medicare immediately at 1-800-633-4227.

More information about the new cards can be found here:…/12002-New-Medicare-Card-flyer.pdf

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Veterans DayI appreciate all those who have served or are currently serving our country. I also appreciate the sacrifices the families of Veterans make while their loved ones are serving. Every Veteran who gives so selflessly of themselves is a HERO! Thank a Veteran everyday!

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Make the Climb!

Enjoy and be motivated with this inspiring article by my guest writer, Marlene Kattaron.

Diga del Cingino Dam Italy

The steeper the mountain, the harder the climb, the better the view from the finishing line. Paula Abdul

The other day I got an email of photos of the Diga del Cingino dam in Italy. Maybe you’ve already seen the pictures—they are fairly amazing. Climbing the nearly vertical wall of this dam is a herd of Ibex. They climb the wall to feed on the moss and lichen that grow there, as well as licking the salt from the rocks.

I looked at the picture and had two varying trains of thought:

-the first thought was, that you can look at an obstacle and view it as impossible or view it as possible—it is completely up to you—you can make the climb if you choose to do so, and no matter how steep, no matter how seemingly impossible the climb, you will be just fine, as long as you treat it as if it is no big deal. So, when you are talking with people that you are hesitant to approach, you need not fear. If the person doesn’t see the big picture, it is no big deal. That person will be the animal at the bottom of the dam, looking up at you having your little moss and salt feast.

-the second thought was—if you don’t see yourself as one of the Ibex on the dam, then guess what? You will be an Ibex at the bottom, looking up, watching everyone else eat the moss and lick the salt, while you stay at the bottom with a growling belly. If you don’t make the climb, I guarantee that someone else will.


There is no time like NOW to make the climb. What are you waiting for? So what if you start the steep climb and slip for a step or two. MAKE THE CLIMB! If you are at the bottom anyway, what do you have to lose by making the climb?

Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even. Horace

Oh, my ways are strange ways and new ways and old ways, and deep ways and steep ways and high ways and low; I’m at home and at ease on a track that I know not, and restless and lost on a road that I know. Henry Lawson

Business versus life; life versus business. I have learned to apply the principles of leading a successful life and incorporate them into my business and I have learned to apply the principles of succeeding in business to succeeding in life. There is separation between personal life and business, yet there is much overlap in how to succeed at any aspect of life that we pursue.

My business relationships in Ignite with my customers and with my teammates and business leaders have been nothing less than amazing and inspiring. As the famous Zig Ziglar says, “You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”

Marlene Kattaron is an Ignite Inc independent associate, part of the Stream Energy marketing team. With Stream Energy, “Energy is Just the Beginning.” Stream Energy offers electricity and natural gas services, as well as Identity Theft Protection, Credit Monitoring Services and 24/7 Tech Support. Stream Energy puts relationships back in business! “Be my friend. Give me your business. And save.”

Marlene Kattaron, Managing Director, Ignite           404-403-2793

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