CHA’s Senior Medicare Patrol Project Awarded 3-Year Grant

Congratulations to CHA’s Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) project, which recently received its 5th SMP grant to continue its excellent work in reporting and preventing Medicare fraud throughout California. Awarded by the Administration on Aging, this 3-year grant runs from June 1, 2009 through May 31, 2012.

California’s SMP continues to be one of the country’s top programs in terms of education and outreach to diverse communities of beneficiaries, families and providers, and in recovery of fraudulently paid Medicare funds. One of our SMP volunteers, Man Ping Zhou from the Orange County Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) will also be honored as one of the top 10 SMP volunteers nationwide at the National SMP Conference in Washington D.C. this August. Congratulations Man Ping Zhou!

Visit the Medicare Fraud section of our site for more information on the SMP project. In addition, if you’d like to schedule a training on Medicare fraud and abuse for beneficiaries and/or providers, contact our SMP office at 714-560-0309. You can also email Julie Schoen, SMP Project Director, or Anne Gray, SMP Coordinator, at

Karen Joy Fletcher

Our blogger Karen Joy Fletcher is CHA’s Communications Director. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she is the online “public face” of the organization, provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare and other health care issues. She is responsible for digital content creation, management of CHA’s editorial calendar, and managing all aspects of CHA’s social media presence. She loves being a “communicator” and enjoys networking and collaborating with the passionate people and agencies in the health advocacy field. See her current articles.