Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)
What is SMP?
The mission of the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program is to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling and education. The SMP program is federally funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL)and is available nationwide. In Connecticut, SMP is operated by the State Unit on Aging in cooperation with the regional Area Agencies on Aging. The Area Agencies on Aging are private, not-for-profit organizations which serve the needs of older adults or individuals with disabilities. The program relies on a network of volunteer and staff counselors who receive comprehensive training on the issues of Medicare fraud and abuse. SMP counselors then provide education, assistance and advocacy to individuals so they can identify, report and prevent Medicare fraud, waste and abuse. For more information on the Senior Medicare Patrol program, you can visit CT.gov and/or SMPresource.org.
The Senior Medicare Patrol provides the following services:
- Help beneficiaries identify whether they have become a victim of a scam and if so, assist them in reporting it to the proper authorities.
- One-on-one counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries to help them read their Medicare summary notices, review their cases and understand billing and other paperwork.
- Conduct presentations for seniors, caregivers and other concerned citizens on the types of fraud and abuse that occur and the steps they can take to protect themselves. To schedule a free speaker, call your local Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-994-9422 and ask to speak with someone from the Senior Medicare Patrol.
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