4,700 senior citizen volunteers are making up the Senior Medicare Patrol – a nationwide force that is aimed at eliminating Medicare fraud. Medicare fraud drains the federal health care budget of billions of dollars each year, which, in turn, increases health care costs and Medicare costs for all Americans.
The senior citizen volunteers need only to report any suspicious activity to the government in order to participate in the Senior Medicare Patrol. The Patrol also sends its volunteer seniors to senior centers, retirement communities, and other locations to help encourage Medicare beneficiaries to be aware of Medicare fraud schemes. Ultimately, the Patrol helps to reduce fraudulent spending for all Medicare programs, which helps senior citizens get the lowest possible rates on their Medicare programs.
Since 1997, the Senior Medicare Patrol program has saved taxpayers an estimated $100 million because of their reports on suspicious activities. This particular program evolved from a similar program that was established in 1995. The Senior Medicare Patrol has a unit in every state across the country.
While the Patrol does an excellent job at decreasing Medicare fraud, Medicare fraud still costs the nation billions of dollars, which increases Medicare plan rates and limits coverage potential for many Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare Advantage programs and Medicare Supplemental insurance programs can help to offset the high costs of Medicare expenses. Contact us today for more information about how Medicare Advantage and Mediap Plans may help you save money while getting the coverage you need.