Our Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) message of Prevent, Detect, Report is being spread far and wide across California via a PSA media campaign. The campaign is now quickly gaining traction and we have many English and Spanish TV and radio stations throughout the state airing our 60, 30, and 15 second PSAs. It's also being spread throughout social media sites and … [Read more...] about SMP Public Service Announcements Airing in English and Spanish
Protecting Elders from Financial Scams by Holding Big Banks Accountable
California Health Advocates supports Senate Bill 278 (Dodds) which will clarify the law and ensure that elderly victims of financial scams can hold banks accountable for assisting in the financial exploitation of older Californians. Financial scams against elders are on the rise in California, and too often banks are turning a blind eye while scammers rob older Californians … [Read more...] about Protecting Elders from Financial Scams by Holding Big Banks Accountable
Fraud Alert – Scammers Steal Money Through Fake HHS Websites & Social Media Schemes
We're sharing a recent fraud alert from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG) about a growing number of fraud schemes using social media and fake websites to steal money from individuals. They're doing this by offering fake HHS grants, including "grants" from Medicare and Medicaid. If you come across such a scam, submit an OIG … [Read more...] about Fraud Alert – Scammers Steal Money Through Fake HHS Websites & Social Media Schemes
SMP Liaison Spotlight – Meet Steven Perez-Mejia!
This month, we’re highlighting our SMP liaison, Steven Perez-Mejia! Steven works for the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) in Merced as Program Manager. Before HICAP, he worked at a grocery store for 11 years in several positions including cashier, supervisor, and even as a butcher! When HICAP called and asked him to join their program, it was an … [Read more...] about SMP Liaison Spotlight – Meet Steven Perez-Mejia!
Together Let’s Slam the Scam!
March 9, 2023 is National Slam the Scam Day! The Social Security Administration (SSA) is launching this day to help spread awareness and empowerment to stop Social Security-related scams. Below are some tips from SSA on how to spot and avoid such scams. Recognize the four basic signs of a scam: Report Social Security-related scams to the SSA Office of the Inspector … [Read more...] about Together Let’s Slam the Scam!