May 31, 2023
For Immediate Release
COLUMBIA, S.C. After nationwide reports of texts and calls seeking money to obtain or keep Medicaid coverage, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is warning the community about current Medicaid renewal scams that may target Healthy Connections Medicaid members.
Medicaid members in several states have received emails, texts or calls from scammers asking for money or gift cards to keep or reinstate health coverage.
Healthy Connections Medicaid is sending legitimate texts to let Medicaid members know their annual review form is in the mail and prompt them to complete their annual review form. These messages will never ask for money. The texts will come from (803) 879-4184. Only members who have a valid cell phone number on file will receive texts. The agency may also call or mail a request for additional information needed to make a decision about an individual’s application or annual review.
Similar types of legitimate messaging may also come by phone, text, email or mail from a member’s managed care plan or one of the agency’s community partners. These messages will never ask for money, gift cards or something else of monetary value. These communications may let members know where to find additional information about the annual review process or remind them to complete their review.
If someone receives an email or text asking them to pay money or provide gift cards to keep or renew their Medicaid coverage, please contact the Medicaid fraud hotline at (888) 364-3224 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This can also be reported by sending an email to FraudRes@scdhhs.gov.
• Online: Upload it online using the document upload tool
• Fax: (888) 820-1204
• Email: email@example.com
• Mail: SCDHHS Central Mail, PO Box 100101, Columbia, SC 29202
• In-person: Click here for a list of local eligibility offices
In addition to completing their annual review at apply.scdhhs.gov, most Medicaid members can check their annual review status, update their contact information and return documents through that webpage. Members are encouraged to update their contact information at apply.scdhhs.gov, so they don’t miss important updates about their Medicaid coverage. A member can also ask questions about annual reviews or update their contact information by calling the Member Contact Center at (888) 549-0820 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by visiting their local eligibility office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Learn more about annual reviews at www.scdhhs.gov/annualreviews.
About the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services provides health care benefits to nearly 1.3 million South Carolinians. The agency’s mission is to be boldly innovative in improving the health and quality of life for South Carolinians.
Contact: Jeff Leieritz
View the original press release on the SCDHHS Website at https://www.scdhhs.gov/press-release/south-carolina-department-health-and-human-services-warns-members-potential-medicaid.