When Megan Furrer received her letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, she thought it was a scam at first.

The HR generalist for construction consortium IEA Renewable Energy Inc. was not aware that she had received a legitimate inquiry, what has come to be known as a “CMS data match letter” from the CMS, Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Adminstration. In short, the letters aim to inform employers that one or more of their employee’s ID numbers have been found on the CMS database for taking Medicare or Medicaid benefits. If they are covered by a company health plan, this is illegal.

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