Medicare Launches “Help Prevent Fraud” Campaign

Medicare Launches “Help Prevent Fraud” Campaign

If you help people with Medicare, watch for Medicare’s “Help Prevent Fraud” Campaign on TV and in newspapers in your area, especially if you live near Los Angeles, Miami or New York.

Similar to our Senior Medicare Patrol’s (SMP) “Stop Medicare Fraud” campaign, this one tells people how they can protect themselves against fraud by checking their billing statements and reporting suspicious charges. People should also report other suspicious activities, like being asked over the phone for their Medicare/Social Security number or banking information.  Remember that Medicare will NEVER call for this information.

People can report suspicious activities by calling our California SMP helpline at 1-855-613-7080, or 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

You Can Help!

You can help, by making sure people with Medicare have the information they need to identify and report fraud.  Check out our Medicare Fraud and Resources sections on our website. Medicare also has ample materials in their Fraud Prevention Toolkit.

Thank you in advance for your help in spreading the word and awareness on Medicare fraud and prevention!

Karen Fletcher
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.

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