Speaking Out Against Senior Scams at Senate Aging Committee

Speaking Out Against Senior Scams at Senate Aging Committee

One of our partners, Adrienne Omansky, Founder and Director of Stop Senior Scams Acting Program (SSSAP) testified in front of the Senate Aging Committee about senior scams and how their acting troupe is making a difference in combating fraud. Their troupe has 27 actors ages 64 to 99 with a repertoire of 26 skits, including some of our Medicare fraud skits. Adrienne mentions our California Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) and tells of the power of peer to peer education through acting and story telling. Many of their troupe members have been victims of various senior scams and use their experience to create meaningful skits to share with others. This venue of drama, often using humor to lighten such a serious topic, effectively gets the word out on scams and fraud prevention. It also provides a safe venue for seniors to share their own experiences with each other and with the acting troupe after the performances. Adrienne reminds us all that we’re all the ones who can stop senior scams. It takes all of us being aware, working together and reporting any suspicious activities.

Watch the full hearing on senior scams and financial fraud prevention. Adrienne Omansky’s testimony begins at 40:45. Great job to our partners, Adrienne and the Stop Senior Scams Acting Troupe!

See our Medicare Fraud section for more info on health care fraud, and call our California Senior Medicare Patrol if you have any questions or any suspected fraud to report at 855-613-7080.

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.