Empowering Seniors To Prevent Healthcare Fraud
Medicare fraud is big business for criminals. Medicare loses billions of dollars each year due to fraud, errors, and abuse. Estimates place these losses at approximately $60 billion annually, though the exact figure is impossible to measure. Medicare fraud hurts us all. When thieves steal from Medicare, there is less money for the health care you really need. You pay for things you might never get. You can get hurt when you get tests, medicine, or care you don’t need. Doctors, pharmacies, and medical suppliers can make mistakes and bad choices. Sometimes they straight-up steal from Medicare. Medicare is trying to crack down.
Your local Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) and their trained volunteers are ready to provide the information needed by individuals enrolled in Medicare. The SMP helps educate and empower senior citizens and other Medicare beneficiaries in the fight against health care fraud. With a Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) project in every state, Guam, the USVI, Puerto Rico, and DC, they can assist you with questions, concerns, or complaints about potential fraud, errors, and abuse. They can also provide information and educational presentations. To locate your Senior Medicare Patrol, use the SMP State Locator at the SMP Resource Center website or call 1-877-808-2468.