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Is It Safe to Get Medicare Quotes Online?

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The Internet offers a lot of convenient tools, but it’s also home to unscrupulous people and companies. It’s only natural to be concerned about your security when researching Medicare quotes online, especially in relation to your personal information and healthcare coverage.

Is it safe to get Medicare quotes online?

In short: yes, online Medicare quotes are probably safe.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that governs Medicare, has a robust online platform. The insurance providers who contract with them to offer Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, and Prescription Drug Plans are all online, and these are the same businesses you trust with your healthcare whether online or in person.

We’re contracted with many of these well-known insurance providers and follow a strict set of rules from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well. Being online doesn’t make our resources or business inherently less safe. But we do have a few tips for increasing your security online when receiving Medicare quotes.

Not getting prescription drug coverage

The cost of prescription drug coverage keeps a lot of Medicare beneficiaries up at night. Many don’t realize that Medicare Parts A and B don’t include prescription drug coverage and you’re actually penalized for going without it for 63 days or more after your Initial Enrollment Period. You’ll wind up paying 1% more for your Prescription Drug Plan, or Part D, premium for every month you don’t have coverage, throughout the life of your prescription drug coverage. Ouch! To avoid these fees and save on your prescription drug costs, you can enroll in a Part D Prescription Drug Plan or look for Medicare Advantage online, specifically a plan that includes prescription drug coverage (sometimes called MA-PD).

Use Only Secure Websites

Always make sure you’re using a website with a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate. Every major browser now labels all web pages that don’t have encrypted connection as “Not Secure”, so it should be easy to spot these websites and click away. SSL certificates encrypt information sent from the website to the servers they travel through, making it harder for hackers or thieves to access the information. The other important function of an SSL certificate is to authenticate the identity of the person or business behind the website.

How can you tell if a website has an SSL certificate?

The URL for a website with an SSL certificate start with “https” instead of “http.” You can see that in the browser or search bar. Our full website URL is https://easymedicare.com and our Medicare Online Enrollment Platform has an SSL certificate too: https://medicare-enrollment-options.easymedicare.com/#/. Websites that are protected by an SSL certificate also display a closed padlock near the browser bar (where you see the website address). This is another visual indicator that the website has an encrypted connected.

Request a Quote without Using Personal Information

There are some ways to receive a Medicare quote online without sharing your personal information. On our Medicare Online Enrollment Portal, you only have to enter your zip code to view Medicare Advantage Plans in your area and compare quotes. A zip code is almost always necessary for a Medicare quote because plans are specific to zip codes and counties.

Request a Medicare Quote Online

Find, compare, and enroll in Medicare Advantage Plans through our secure Medicare Online Enrollment Portal.

Or, if you’d rather speak with someone, our Medicare Advocates are available for a no-cost consultation at 1-800-991-4407 / TTY 711 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.