|Posted:||March 17, 2021 03:50 PM|
|From:||Representative Melissa L. Shusterman|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Combating COVID-19 Vaccine Fraud|
|For Pennsylvanians who are most susceptible to serious COVID-19 infection, whether due to age, pre-existing conditions, or comorbidities, having access to the COVID-19 vaccine could mean the literal difference between life and death. With limited supplies of this potentially life-saving resource, some may feel it necessary to explore every possibility to procure vaccine access to protect their health and the health of their loved ones.
Reports have surfaced of bad actors taking advantage of the vaccine bottleneck for personal profit. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General has issued a public alert for scammers using telemarketing calls, text messages, social media platforms, and door-to-door visits to perpetrate COVID-19-related scams. Scammers are defrauding seniors and other unwitting citizens by offering access toCOVID-19 tests, HHS grants, and Medicare prescription cards in exchange for personal details, including Medicare information.
It is our duty as responsible members of the community to protect the health and wellbeing of Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents. Therefore, I plan to introduce legislation to make COVID-19-related fraud a felony. I ask that you please join me in protecting the vulnerable Pennsylvanians who rely on our actions to keep them safe.