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Senior Medicare Patrol

Fraud Prevention and Education

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program helps Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries avoid, detect, and prevent health care fraud. SMP trained volunteer workers assist Medicare beneficiaries and their families.

Services provided:

  • Education for beneficiaries to learn to scrutinize Medicare billing information to identify deceptive health care practices, such as double-billing, overcharging, or providing unnecessary or inappropriate services.

  • Education opportunities (i.e. Scam Jams) for consumers and the public about other types of fraud and scams, such as financial exploitation, identity theft, computer scams, and mail and telemarketing scams.

  • Assistance for people who are limited in speaking English.


  


To volunteer for the Senior Medicare Patrol please call
Taenia (Tonya) at 208-736-2122


Fight Fraud by Guarding

Your Medicare Number

Medicare is fighting fraud and abuse in the health care system. If you have Medicare, you can help by guarding your Medicare number --- treat it like a credit card.

 Follow these important steps to protect yourself from fraud:

  •  Don’t share your Medicare number with anyone who contacts you by telephone, email or in person, unless you’ve given them permission in advance.  Medicare will NEVER contact you for your Medicare number or other personal information.
  • Don’t ever let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare number.
  • Review your Medicare Summary Notice to be sure you and Medicare are only being charged for actual services.

 If you’re looking to enroll in a Medicare plan:

  •  Remember there are no “early bird discounts” or “limited time offers.” 
  • Don’t let anyone rush you to enroll by claiming you need to “act now for the best deal.”
  • Be skeptical of free gifts, free medical services, discount packages or any offer that sounds “too good to be true.”

 Call 1-800-MEDICARE to report suspected fraud.  To learn more about protecting yourself from health care fraud, visit www.Medicare.gov/fraud or contact your local Senior Medicare Patrol (www.smpresource.org.)

 This message is brought to you by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.