(BPT) - Medicare fraud is a serious problem. Each year, Medicare loses an estimated $60 billion due to fraud, errors and abuse. Every day, these issues affect individuals and families across the country.
The good news? Some simple tips can help you protect yourself and your loved ones.
Be aware of common scams, especially during Medicare Open Enrollment in the fall. Examples include:
Watch out for these red flags:
Take steps to reduce your risk of becoming a victim:
The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is a federal program that provides free, unbiased information and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries, their family members and caregivers on how to protect themselves and Medicare from fraud. Local SMPs also provide one-on-one case assistance to those who think they may have been a victim of Medicare fraud, which ensures that suspected fraud is reported quickly and efficiently. Funded by the Administration for Community Living, local SMP programs have offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
If you have questions about how to protect yourself, need to report fraud, or need help determining whether you’ve been a victim of fraud, SMP can help.
Find a local SMP at www.smpresource.org or call 877-808-2468.