You Make the SMP Program Whole ~ An Ode to Our SMP Volunteers

You Make the SMP Program Whole ~ An Ode to Our SMP Volunteers

Below is a fun and very true ode of appreciation to our dynamite SMP volunteers statewide. It’s written by Sandy Morales, our Manager of SMP Outreach & Volunteer Coordination.

You Make the SMP Program Whole, Just Like a Slice of Delicious Pie. Want to Know Why?

You are the slice of the CA-SMP pie,
that educates Medicare beneficiaries, their family members and caregivers on how to spy,
suspicious charges that might have been billed by a bad girl or guy,
as well as incorrect charges that would have been missed if not reviewed for
accuracy with at least one eye.

You are the slice of the CA-SMP pie,
that empowers Medicare beneficiaries, their family members and caregivers on how to apply,
the SMP message of protect your information against bad insurance agents
who are out to set a lie,
because they think our seniors don’t know anything about the CMS rules with
which they must comply.

You are the slice of the CA-SMP pie,
that advises Medicare beneficiaries, their family members and caregivers on tips to live by,
to avoid falling victims to fraudsters that might have shown up to their home
with a smile and a tie,
and to Medicare callers offering Medicare-covered braces
pressuring them to just give it a try.

You are the slice of the CA-SMP pie,
that reminds folks that Medicare fraud is not a victimless crime
and should be held high,
because it’s a serious problem, and that is why we don’t just standby.
What you do truly matters to Medicare, SMP, OIG and the FBI.

You are a slice of the CA-SMP pie,
that educates the public about the estimated 60-90 billion dollars lost every year,
oh my, my, my.
Serious problem, indeed, and this is why,
fighting Medicare fraud as a whole is the only way we can win and save the
Medicare program from going bye-bye.

Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.