Safeguarding healthcare

Senior Medicare Patrol works to help both Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries protect themselves from healthcare fraud. Still, most people have never heard of the program funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health of Human Services.

“Every state has one,” said Senior Medicare Patrol Program Director Nancy Moore. “Most people just don’t know about us. We’re a best kept secret.”

Medicare fraud costs $60 billion every year and unless Medicare summary notices or explanations of benefits are checked regularly for unauthorized charges, it may go unnoticed.

“A lot of people don’t report it because the fraudsters only take out the amount Medicare will cover,” said Moore. “You have the right to know and understand what you are being billed for. It can be confusing but we have people who can help you learn to read those statements.”

It’s the Social Security number most fraudsters are after Moore said. And since those numbers will be taken off of Medicare benefit cards beginning in April, fraudsters are doing everything they can to make as much money as possible before the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier numbers come…

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