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Senior Medicare Patrol

Medicare Fraud and Abuse

The U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) funds the SMP project which empowers and assists Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education.

'Free' DNA testing used to scam Medicare recipients

States sound alarm about fraudsters urging cancer screenings reported in an article by Katherine Skiba, AARP, April 19, 2019.

New Medicare Cards – April 2018 to April 2019

Guard Your Card (YouTube Video). From April 2018 to April 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare. In order to help protect people from medical identity theft and keep their private information more secure, the new cards will have Social Security numbers removed from them and each beneficiary will be issued a new Medicare number. This will not change the coverage or benefits currently being received.

To ensure that you receive your card, make sure that your mailing address is up to date. If your address needs to be changed, contact Social Security at, or by calling 1-800-772-1213.

Beware of anyone who contacts you about your new Medicare card. CMS will never ask you to give personal or private information in order to get your new Medicare Number and card.

Review this video regarding scams and your card:​

Medicare Minutes

Medicare Minutes are short, engaging presentations on timely Medicare topics that are presented at local sites on a monthly basis. Each month, SHIPs will receive a new Medicare Minute, which they then present at community gathering spots, offering valuable information to their peers, strengthening volunteer participation and establishing programming that has a track record of securing funding from foundation, government, and individual sources.