A handy financial windfall is awaiting Wannon residents, who need to do one simple thing to claim their cash from the Federal Government.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan is encouraging Medicare customers to update their bank account details so they can access missed Medicare rebates. Almost 670,000 people have not provided Medicare with their bank details, leaving more than $110 million in unclaimed cash.

“Residents need to keep their details up to date so that they can receive rebates quickly and easily”, said Mr Tehan.

“The Coalition Government would much rather see this money sitting in your pockets, instead of ours, which is why we are again reminding those who haven’t given Medicare their bank account details, that they need to take action now.”

The average amount owed to individuals is about $150, but some people could be missing out on far more, if they are regular visitors to their doctor, or have had treatment for a serious medical condition.

Mr Tehan encouraged residents to update their bank account details so that they could start receiving their cash rebates.

“It only takes a couple of minutes, and the easiest way to update your details is by using one of our digital channels, such as the Medicare Express Plus app, or through your myGov account.”

“Medicare will then take care of the rest, and the money you’re owed will be deposited in your account in a matter of days.”

Medicare Customers are reminded that scammers posing as Medicare have been known to contact people asking for their bank account details, so residents need to remain vigilant.

“As recently as late last year, scammers were actively targeting people through SMS messages, that urged them to click on a hyperlink to claim their outstanding Medicare rebates,” Minister Keenan said.

“While the department does call, SMS, or email people, it never includes hyperlinks in emails or text messages.”

Reminder letters will be sent to people shortly and will contain clear instructions on how missed rebates may be claimed. Anyone with concerns is encouraged to call or visit one of the hundreds of service centres around the country.

“My advice is to set aside a couple of minutes, to do what is a really simple task that will ensure you receive what you are entitled to quickly and easily.”

For more information:  www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/services/medicare/medicare-online-accounts

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