The New York Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is part of a nationwide education and assistance program working to empower seniors and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report Medicare fraud and waste.
The New York State Senior Medicare Patrol (NYS SMP) mission is to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education.
The biweekly SMP News features news of interest to the SMP network.
Medicare fraud steals billions of dollars from U.S. taxpayers every year. Find what you can do to HELP as a Senior Medicare Patrol Volunteer.
Be on the Lookout for Scams
How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19 Scams:
Always ask for identification. Do not give out your credit card, Medicare/Medicaid/insurance numbers or any self-identifying information.
Beware of scammers selling bogus medical treatments. There is currently no FDA approved vaccine to prevent the disease, so ignore offers promising otherwise.
Beneficiaries are receiving robocalls about “special virus kits” and being asked for their Medicare number to send a “free” test. If you receive a phone call from anyone live or recorded, hang up!
The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning that a phishing scam is underway involving online scammers pretending to be part of the WHO. Double-check the email addresses of senders. Make sure the address following that @ symbol is official. (Official WHO email addresses end with “@who.int.”)
Call our Medicare Fraud Helpline with any questions or concerns.
Beware of Social Security Scams!
Protect Yourself - Do NOT respond to email requests for information about your Social Security account. Social Security will never send official letters or reports containing personally identifiable information via email. For more information CLICK HERE