…… - Question about a card I received in the mail (2024)

Sherrynboo

Veteran Member
  • Oct 21, 2022
  • #1

Yesterday I received a prepaid Mastercard from Aetna who is my medicare provider. Under my name on the card it says integration test. I called the number on the card to find out what it meant and the jackass that answered said it was just extra words printed on the card! WTF?? Just higgledy piggledy throw extra words on a card?? I can only assume this is some kind of Covid relief funds that they needed to disperse but that integration test concerns me.

nomifyle

TB Fanatic
  • Oct 21, 2022
  • #2

Burn it, take nothing for granted.

raven

TB Fanatic
  • Oct 21, 2022
  • #3

If it is a "prepaid" card, find out if there is any money on it.
or you may receive a tax form that says you owe income tax on it.

Macgyver

Has No Life - Lives on TB
  • Oct 21, 2022
  • #4

raven said:

If it is a "prepaid" card, find out if there is any money on it.
or you may receive a tax form that says you owe income tax on it.

Spend it. No proof you ever got it because no Id is required to spend it.

Sherrynboo

Veteran Member
  • Oct 21, 2022
  • #5

It is a $500 prepaid card to be used on groceries or utilities. The food stamp recipients in GA got something similar from what I have heard. I still think it is covid relief money that the state has to spend.

raven

TB Fanatic
  • Oct 21, 2022
  • #6

Read the literature.
It must have "activation" and if it is a card, a means to make payment.
Usually, is a website. Credit card website.
Register, login, and see if there is money on it.
Read the terms and conditions. Payment dates. Interest rates, etc.

and then cancel it . . . after you have taken the money and run

raven

TB Fanatic
  • Oct 21, 2022
  • #7

Sherrynboo said:

It is a $500 prepaid card to be used on groceries or utilities. The food stamp recipients in GA got something similar from what I have heard. I still think it is covid relief money that the state has to spend.

that is likely to be $500 income that you will have to pay taxes on in April.
don't throw it away

B

Border Collie Dad

Flat Earther
  • Oct 21, 2022
  • #8

raven said:

that is likely to be $500 income that you will have to pay taxes on in April.
don't throw it away

No

N

night driver

ESFP adrift in INTJ sea
  • Oct 21, 2022
  • #9

There is some REAL funny schtuff floating around about taxes and refunds and stuff, which SOUNDS like they took taxes on non-taxable funds. PM or wait until 20guage pops up and ask him.

Sherrynboo

Veteran Member
  • Oct 21, 2022
  • #10

My main concern is what an integration test is!

Sherrynboo

Veteran Member
  • Oct 21, 2022
  • #12

Thank you Medic!

ShadowMan

Designated Grumpy Old Fart
  • Oct 21, 2022
  • #13

"integration" into what?

Integration - definition of integration by The Free Dictionary

integration ( ˌɪntɪˈɡreɪʃən) n 1. the act of combining or adding parts to make a unified whole 2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the act of amalgamating a racial or religious group with an existing community 3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the combination of previously racially segregated social facilities into a nonsegregated system 4.

J

John Deere Girl

Veteran Member
  • Oct 21, 2022
  • #14

Sherrynboo said:

It is a $500 prepaid card to be used on groceries or utilities. The food stamp recipients in GA got something similar from what I have heard. I still think it is covid relief money that the state has to spend.

Some of the Medicare plans give these cards as part of their plan regardless of income.

Kris Gandillon

The Other Curmudgeon

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  • Oct 21, 2022
  • #15

Sherrynboo said:

Yesterday I received a prepaid Mastercard from Aetna who is my medicare provider. Under my name on the card it says integration test. I called the number on the card to find out what it meant and the jackass that answered said it was just extra words printed on the card! WTF?? Just higgledy piggledy throw extra words on a card?? I can only assume this is some kind of Covid relief funds that they needed to disperse but that integration test concerns me.

Someone forgot to clear the comment field used to identify cards created for integration testing before they released the card art to production to generate the real cards. Nothing nefarious, just a normal human error.

During testing, we create cards with names on them like Donald Duck and Attila the Hun and the comment field can designate whatever type of testing we are doing at that point.

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Deena in GA

Administrator

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  • Oct 21, 2022
  • #16

Since the integration wording apparently doesn’t mean anything, I’ll just say you received a very nice surprise! Maybe I need to look into some of the supplemental Medicare policies.

tnphil

Don't screw with an engineer
  • Oct 21, 2022
  • #17

TANSTAAFL.

Sherrynboo

Veteran Member
  • Oct 22, 2022
  • #18

Thank you Kris! You put my paranoia back in the closet for now …… - Question about a card I received in the mail (17)

db cooper

Resident Secret Squirrel
  • Oct 22, 2022
  • #19

Macgyver said:

Spend it. No proof you ever got it because no Id is required to spend it.

Well, may yes, maybe no. I have a debit card that the VA uses to put money into as reimbursem*nt for travel costs. To use it like a credit card, I need to use the PIN. To transfer the card balance to our checking account, I need to show an ID. The bank clerk, that knows exactly who I am, said the showing of an ID for such credit cards is a must.

Sherrynboo's card, read the accompanying literature. It should spell out what it is. If there is a website associated with it, read it.

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